Entries in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport have exceeded targets by 30 percent, according to the emirate's transport authority.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said applications were submitted by companies, universities, colleges and institutions from all over the world.
Al Tayer was speaking during a press conference held to announce the finalists of the Challenge. They are Navya and EasyMile from France, Drive.ai from the US, Westfield from the UK, Baidu from China, and 2getthere from the Netherland.
The list of start-ups finalists included Sensible from Finland, Derq from the UAE, and IAuto from Taiwan.
Dubai University, UAE University, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, and Abu Dhabi University were named as the local universities shortlisted while finalists in the international universities category were Friee Berlin University in Germany, CMU in the US, Intelligent Systems Lab at Universidad Carlos lll de Madrid in Spain, and UTS in Australia.
Total prize money up for grabs is more than $5 million and a team of international experts in the field of smart mobility will assess the finalists by several technical criteria.
Al Tayer said: “The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport aims to broaden the use of self-driving transport. It seeks to encourage the leading companies to cope with the existing challenges of traffic congestions and the drop in the public transport ridership. The driverless transport has become a key pillar of RTA’s strategy, and we are making every endeavour to make it a reality in Dubai.”
Finalists will be subjected to intensive tests in Dubai in 2019, with winners honoured during the first edition of the Dubai World Conference for Self-Driving Transport scheduled to be held in October.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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