Driver-less cars put on road to Dubai launch

Dubai, Feb 14 (Emirates 247) : Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the commissioning of a study of using smart driver-less vehicles in Dubai as part of its endeavours to utilise the latest technologies in the field of smart mobility solutions to be considered for use in Expo 2020.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said that this initiative is adopted in the implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to endorse 2015 as a year of innovation in the UAE.

In addition, to the launch of a comprehensive national strategy with the aim of ranking the UAE in the first position worldwide in the field of innovation.

“The step also falls within the execution of the Dubai innovation strategy endorsed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, to make Dubai the world’s first innovative city.”

The RTA has set up a team for studying the use of smart vehicles to map out a strategy and a work plan for addressing the latest developments in this field, and identifying the standards and specifications required in these vehicles along with the needed infrastructure and safety legislations.

“In this context, the RTA has approached a host of international manufactures of smart vehicles to examine technological alternatives on offer, and plan for real-life experiments for using such vehicles in Dubai under the supervision of the RTA,” Al Tayer said.

A delegation from the RTA has visited a number of European countries to examine the latest models undertaken by smart cities across the globe in the field of smart mobility.

It also visited some businesses and manufactures of smart vehicles to check the best international practices of this line of industry, and review the latest studies and researches published by key specialist international research centers in this regard.

“RTA’s delegation visited World Expo Congress in Barcelona 2013 & 2014 which included a number of aspects relating to the use of smart driver-less vehicles to serve smart cities and other European cities,” explained RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.

Smart cars

The smart driver-less vehicles are the latest developments of the global smart mobility systems, and this technology is based on electric vehicles fitted with smart sensors to enhance the safety element and avoid crashes.

The smart vehicle has multi-operational techniques as it can operate within moving vehicles environment without necessarily requiring connectivity with the control center. Examples of this include ceasing motion in the event of traffic disruption, and perceiving the road condition as well as traffic signals, and pedestrian movement among others.

The vehicle can also be operated via an automated internet-based control system where it can be fully controlled by a control center without requiring a driver. In this regard smart vehicles can be programmed to lift passengers by moving in pre-designated lanes to feed public transport stations and link with vital centers with the aim of alleviating the need of private vehicles, mitigating road congestions, easing the huge demand of parking spaces, and eliminating environmental pollution and waste of resources.


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  • yogesh, bombay

    Mon, Feb 16 2015

    Only suitable for desert roads and hit-n-run!!!

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  • Praveen Kumar, Hosabettu/Managalore

    Mon, Feb 16 2015

    They have to remove the driver seat. Arab ghosts might sit and drive. )

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  • Suleman Byari, Udupi

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    However this car will not be successful in Indian cities due to traffic, pot holes,reckless driving and regular strikes/bandh...etc

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  • Societal Web, Dubai

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Here we have lot of car-less drivers. We also need horn-less cars AND buses .

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Our Government is going to re-introduce Bullock Carts on our Shiradi Ghat which is closed for repairs for indefinite period for Vehicle movements.

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  • Max, Udupi, Dubai

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Good news now we can drink & drive.

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    If we acknowledge a silly error of a couple of centuries and stop carrying and moving the bullockcarts on wheels we can see wonder on roads.
    Prior to making driverless vehicles it is essential to drastically reduce the number of vehicles by multiplying the capacities of fewer of them along with reducing fuel consumption, eliminating pollutions and minimising transport costs.
    The surface transport sector is ripe for a rapid revolution.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    My wife has already set her eyes on this car ...

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  •, Kuppepadavu, Calgary, Canada

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    I love it. Brainless people and driver less cars !

    One can't buy technology with money.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    For you people living in Canada and US, everything what is being done in middle east wrong.
    The UAE has had and now have visionary leaders who dream big and bring the dreams true.
    Ever thought of a tower more than 800 meters? When Dubai revealed the plans, whole of western thinktanks ridiculed it. As slap on your face the Burj Khaleefa stands tall as the highest building on earth. In Saudi, Kingdom Towers will stand a km high by the end of 2016. Dubai boasts about pilotless automatic metro which is a reality.
    The money has to be invested on innovations. Not to create instability in Oilrich countries and attack them for individual gains.

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  • Well wisher, Udpi

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Mr. Shankar very very well said the Dubai rulers are so patriotic they don't think about their individual gains unlike us Indians, we are only destructors, every country on the globe is better than India,

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  • AL, Dubai

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Sour grapes, Tom and Brainless , that is why you are in Canada I reckon..

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  • Lawrence, USA

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Driver less car technology is in existence for a while, but people are afraid to use it especially in expressway. If there is any malfunction, you are up in the air in pieces.

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  • GCP., Muscat

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    This car will come to Mangalure airport very soon to take gold delivery. I doubt if police chase this car, what the car increase its accelerator?

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  • Rajes sg, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 15 2015

    Please put roads in India...then lets try the dubai style

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