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Driverless cars could hit UAE roads in 2021, says top official

ESMA chief says first draft of the standards and regulations for autonomous vehicles will be announced on Tuesday

Driverless cars could hit UAE roads in 2021, says top official

Abdulla Al Maeeni, director-general of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology.

Driverless vehicles could hit the UAE roads in 2021 as the UAE is preparing to become the first country in the world to have regulations on autonomous vehicles, a top official said on Monday.

The first draft of the standards and regulations for autonomous vehicles on Tuesday, said Abdulla Al Maeeni, director-general of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

The announcement will be made at the 5th International Conference on Future Mobility to be held in Dubai.

The conference will discuss the draft, and if it is approved, the UAE will be the first country in the world to have the standards and regulations for autonomous vehicles, said Al Maeeni on the sidelines of the annual UAE Government Meetings in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is expected to issue the final standards and regulations in 2020, with autonomous vehicles set to enter the UAE market within one year, he added.

Apart from the ESMA’s regulations for autonomous vehicles, relevant authorities in related sectors such as insurance, finance, city administration will also have to also issue regulations in this regard, he said.

Al Maeeni told WAM that the UAE has been a pioneer in issuing standards and regulations for many products.

In April, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a resolution to regulate autonomous vehicle testing in Dubai, part of the first phase of a legislative framework being created to ensure the highest efficiency, reliability and security of smart mobility.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, also chairman of The Executive Council, said at the time that the resolution aims to ensure the highest level of safety for autonomous vehicles and achieve the objectives of Dubai's Autonomous Transportation Strategy.

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