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Video: Driverless car trial to start in Downtown Dubai

RTA and Emaar started the trial of the first autonomous 10-seater car shuttling over a 700-metre long track at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard

Video: Driverless car trial to start in Downtown Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with Emaar Properties, started a trial run on Thursday of the first autonomous 10-seater car shuttling over a 700-metre long track at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Dubai.

The trial represented the phase one of this experiment to test driverless transit technology under the climatic environment of Dubai, according to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.

The experiment is also part of the emirate's smart driverless mobility strategy which makes to switch 25 percent of total journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys by 2030.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties said the company wants to connect various Dubai Downtown landmarks, like as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera and Souk Al Bahar, through driverless vehicles.

"We would also endeavour to use this clean and smart initiative in our giant future project Dubai Creek Harbour," he added.

 

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