Dubai: In a significant step towards integrating autonomous technology with Dubai’s transport system, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will soon begin trial of a shuttle service in Downtown Dubai that will have a driverless vehicle transporting passengers between Dubai Mall and an underground parking on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard.
Operating on a dedicated corridor, the trial, for the first time will see driverless vehicles cross traffic intersections and interact with Dubai’s smart traffic lights.
With segregated pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, regular vehicles as well as the autonomous vehicles, the trial will ensure seamless movement of all modes of transport without impacting each other.
Ushering in a new era of autonomous transportation in Dubai, the 550-metre trial corridor will have three traffic intersections that the 6-7 seater vehicles will cross through.
“As a city, we are leading in the use of artificial intelligence in the transport sector. We already have a driverless metro operating for so many years. We also have a smart traffic light system Scoot, which will be interacting with autonomous vehicles on a trial that we will be conducting on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard,” said Hussain Al Banna, Executive Director of Traffic at RTA.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the first International Road Federation Mena Congress, Al Banna said that RTA is working on multiple projects to facilitate Dubai’s transformation as one of the smartest city in the world.
“We are introducing a smart system that will see communication between a traffic light and an autonomous vehicle, this system, in the long run, will ease traffic and improve the level of safety on roads,” said Al Banna.
He added that smart parking, smart traffic lights and smart crossings are some of the other RTA smart city projects, apart from initiatives that are helping reduce congestion in Dubai.