By Sam Bridge
Vehicle is being used on a three-month trial basis to commute individuals on a dedicated path from the main entrance to staff offices
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced it has started the trial run of an autonomous vehicle at the site of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The vehicle is being used on a three-month trial basis to commute individuals on a dedicated path from the main entrance to staff offices, the RTA said in a statement.
The vehicle uses green technologies and is powered by electricity to operate up to 16 hours.
It accommodates 15 riders (10 seated, 5 standing) and travels at a speed of 25km/h. The vehicle is designed to travel in closed and internal public roads within the entertainment and residential communities.
It features high safety and security standards to monitor the path using advanced sensors and high accuracy positioning systems.
The step is part of RTA’s efforts to broaden the scope of Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, aimed at transforming 25 percent of total mobility journeys in Dubai into self-driving modes by 2030.
“The Self-Driving Transport Strategy is part of initiatives aimed to support the green economy drive. Trialling an autonomous vehicle at the site of Expo complements is an achievement and addition to our efforts to spread autonomous vehicles at various Dubai hotspots,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA.
“The trial run, which will last for three months, includes testing autonomous technologies, ensuring high safety of individuals, and protecting surrounding properties. It illustrates RTA’s keenness to adopting highly efficient, safe and reliable technologies in delivering smart services,” he added.