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RTA inks deal for driverless vehicle network in Dubai Sustainable City

Transport authority signs agreement with developers on infrastructure needs for autonomous vehicles

RTA inks deal for driverless vehicle network in Dubai Sustainable City

Dubai's transport authority has signed an agreement for the operation of autonomous vehicles in the Sustainable City project in Dubailand.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the developers of the Sustainable City project have signed an memorandum of understanding which is part of plans to support Dubai Government's strategy of converting 25 percent of public transport services to driverless means by 2030.

The agreement with Diamond Developers calls for studies to be carried out to identify the best location for an autonomous vehicle plus the provision of infrastructure needed for the start of operations.

Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Licensing Agency, said: “The MoU underscores RTA’s commitment to engage in partnerships with public and private sectors to realise its strategic, smart mobility objectives."

Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers, added: “The integrated efforts of public and private sectors, and the exchange of experiences in support of sustainable development that conserves the environment will serve the joint interests of making Dubai the best destination for living and business.”

Construction on the $354 milliom The Sustainable City began in 2013. The city is surrounded by a 30-metre-wide green buffer zone of 2,500 trees to reduce air and noise pollution.

The first phase is complete and includes 500 residential villas, 11 biodome greenhouses running the length of the central green spine, 3,000-square-metres of urban farming and a 15,000-square-metres mixed-use area including offices and retail.

The second phase will include Hotel Indigo (the first net-zero energy hotel in the Middle East), an environmentally-friendly school and an innovation centre that claims to be the first negative carbon building. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

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