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Driverless car runs on Dubai roads.

The future has accelerated into Dubai as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with emaar Properties, is starting the trial run of the first autonomous car on roads The 10-seater car will be shuttling over a 700meter long track in the Downtown Dubai area.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-general and chairman of the Board of executive Directors of RTA said: "The trial run of the smart vehicle at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard represented the phase one of this technology.

"This experiment is also part of RTA's plan to test driverless transit technology under the climatic environment of Dubai. "

He continued: "Through this trial run of the smart vehicle, RTA intends to educate the public about autonomous cars technology and the experimental use of the technology in Dubai's climatic conditions.

"The experience also elucidates the smart driverless mobility strategy launched by his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAe, and Ruler of Dubai, aimed at switching 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys using various transit means by 2030.

"It also aims to screen the views and responses of residents and visitors about the driverless mobility experience using a survey measuring satisfaction rating. "

Al Tayer explained the 'driverless' vehicle is produced by easy Mile/omnix company to travel short distances over pre-programmed routes in multi-use environments. The vehicle travels on virtual routes, which can easily be reset to accommodate sudden changes as required.

The vehicle is fitted with all safety requisites and controls specifying its planned route. The sensor system, as well as the intelligent system of the vehicle, enable coping with any obstacles encountered en route to avoid collision. Mohammed Ali Al Abbar, chairman of emaar Properties said: "We thank the RTA for supporting our plans aimed at using driverless cars in Dubai downtown.

"The trial run of the vehicle is a further testament to the firm commitment of the emirate of Dubai to encouraging sustainable transit means compatible with Dubai Plan 2021 for building a technologically-connected smart city. " he continued: "Transport innovation and smart mobility solutions of the city is one of the key drivers of the Smart Dubai vision unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed, and constitutes an integral part of the recently launched Dubai Self-driving Transport Strategy.

"This strategic direction is expected to thrust Dubai to the forefront of cosmopolitan cities adopting clean transport solutions contributing to the sustainable development. " he further stated that emaar sought to connect various Dubai Downtown landmarks, the most attractive tourist and entertainment destination for visitors worldwide through driverless vehicles as they involve added convenience and luxury to residents and visitors of illustrious tourist attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai opera and Souk Al Bahar as well as different hotels.

The RTA had launched the first trial operation of a 'driverless' vehicle during the opening session of MenA Transport congress and exhibition 2016 organised by RTA and UITP under the theme: Urban Mobility: Think Big Act Smart, last April.

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