Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) inked a deal with American autonomous vehicle manufacturing company, Cruise, to roll out self-driving taxis in the city by 2023.
In line with Dubai’s 2030 vision to make 25% of transportation autonomous, the RTA signed a deal with Cruise this week to launch a fleet of autonomous taxis that are set to begin operations in two years, making the emirate the first non-US city in the world where Cruise will commercially operate these vehicles. The fleet could expand up to 4,000 vehicles in the next seven years.
Dubai’s 2030 vision of increasing the usage of autonomous vehicles hopes to curb the number of accidents per year, as statistics show 90% of car accidents are caused due to human errors.
What’s more, the vision falls in line with making Dubai an environment-friendly city wherein self-driving automobiles can reduce environmental pollution by 12%, in addition to saving transportation costs by AED 900 million.
“Self-driving vehicles will bring a fundamental shift in transportation and offer innovative solutions for mobility and congestion in the city. The introduction and operation of the vehicles will be gradual and begin in specific areas, scaling as the community experiences their safety and benefits first-hand. The vehicle will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensors to monitor road conditions, and controls to avoid collision with any objects – even with those the human eye cannot see.”His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA
RTA’s partnership with Cruise follows suit with a number of authorities in Dubai acquiring vehicles that have become the talk of the town. Last week, the Dubai Civil Defence purchased a revolutionary firefighting truck by Rosenbauer that 490 horsepower, in addition to Dubai Police getting a Toyota Supra.
Photograph credit: Dubai Police
(Featured photograph credit: Cruise)