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Dubai reveals autonomous vehicle plans to German visitors

RTA look for stronger cooperation with Germany to develop proposals

Dubai reveals autonomous vehicle plans to German visitors
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA met with Holger Mahnicke, Consul General of Germany in Dubai

Dubai has shown off its ambitious air taxi proposals to a visiting delegation from Germany.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) met with Holger Mahnicke, Consul General of Germany in Dubai accompanied by representatives of major public and educational entities as well as leading firms from the European country.

Al Tayer briefed the delegation on RTA’s trials of the autonomous air taxi along with the ongoing coordination of air taxi requirements with federal and local aviation authorities, developing relevant laws and policies, specifying aerial corridors together with take-off/landing spots and safety and security standards.

Autonomous air vehicles are part of Dubai’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25 percent of total mobility journeys in the emirate into driverless journeys by 2030.

The delegation attended a briefing about the Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3); one of the biggest and most sophisticated control centres in the world in terms of utilizing smart technologies. It controls and integrates various RTA’s mass transit systems (metro, tram, buses, taxis and water transport), and connects several traffic control centres.

In 2018, the EC3 monitored more than 170 events across the emirate. Through the application of artificial intelligence technology, the centre processes big data to the amount of 75 million mobility logs per day. The German Consul General in Dubai was delighted with the involvement of German firms in the implementation of RTA projects. He expressed hopes to boost bilateral cooperation and exchange expertise in the interest of both parties.

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