Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Sustainable City Project have agreed to begin the operation of autonomous vehicles within the facilities of the project situated in Dubai Land, Al Qudra Road, it was announced.
The operation of autonomous vehicles will start in February, the RTA said.
The step stems from the keenness of both parties to support Dubai Government strategy of converting 25 per cent of public transport services to driverless means by 2030.
Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of Licensing Agency and Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers (developer of the Sustainable City Project) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at RTA head office.
“The MoU underscores RTA’s commitment to engage in partnerships with public and private sectors to realise its strategic, smart mobility objectives,” said Al Ali. “It reflects the cooperation and partnership between the RTA and Sustainable City and supports the Smart City initiative as well as our government directives to transform 25 per cent of public transport means into driverless transit modes by 2030.”
Al Ali added that the MoU calls for studying the location of operating the autonomous vehicle in The Sustainable City project in Dubai Land, Al Qudra Road, and providing the infrastructure needed for the start of operation.
Faris Saeed said: “We are pleased with the enhanced strategic cooperation with the RTA in supporting the Dubai Government plan for transforming 25 per cent of public transport means into driverless modes by 2030.”
“The integrated efforts of public and private sectors, and the exchange of experiences in support of sustainable development that conserves the environment will serve the joint interests of making Dubai the best destination for living and business,” he added.