What did RTA's surveys about smart vehicles find?

ConstructionWeekOnline rounds up the findings of two surveys conducted by RTA to gain end-user feedback about autonomous vehicles deployed in the emirate thus far

Up to 25% of all transport in Dubai could be driverless by 2030.
Up to 25% of all transport in Dubai could be driverless by 2030.

A smart vehicle is being deployed in Dubai's Business Bay locality as the third phase of a trial operation implemented by the emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to gain end-user feedback about autonomous vehicles. 

The latest phase of the trial operation is being carried out over a 650m track in Business Bay District.

The step follows the first and second phases of the trial operation of smart vehicles in Dubai World Trade Centre and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. 

Up to 10 persons can be lifted at a time by the smart vehicles. 

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA's Licensing Agency and chairman of its Smart Vehicles Committee, said responses to questionnaires floated by RTA following the first two trial runs spurred the trial operation's third phase.

"Autonomous vehicles have continued to accomplish their success, as proven by the sustained riders satisfaction rating derived from the experience at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard between 1 September and 5 October this year, where the overall satisfaction rating clocked 95%," he continued.

"The debut of autonomous vehicles at Dubai World Trade Centre last Ramadan yielded satisfaction rating of 92%, according to inputs of two questionnaires conducted by RTA.

"Visitors were lifted over a month from ground car parks to the main restaurants, hotels, and landmarks at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard on the route of the vehicle.

"The result was concluded from a questionnaire probing the views of a wide spectrum of riders aged 20-40," Bahrozyan added. 

He continued: "The second questionnaire included elaborate questions that concluded to important results, namely 96% of respondents expressed satisfaction with the safety specifications, and 95% were interested in the deployment of the vehicle as a public transit means.

"About 69% of respondents were not concerned with the lack of driving control system, 62% were not concerned by the legal responsibility in case of an accident involving other vehicles, and 70% were not concerned with the mobility of the vehicle between pedestrians, private vehicles and bicycles.

"The questionnaire also indicated that 85% of respondents expected the technology to reduce vehicle accidents and increase road safety, and 88% believed the vehicle could result in reduced traffic congestion.

"About 92% thought that the vehicle could save fuel consumption, and 85% expected the insurance premium to drop in case of using this smart technology," he concluded.

According to Dubai Media Office, this questionnaire covered public transport riders, private motorists, tourists, citizens, and residents of the UAE and Dubai, Bahrozyan said. 

This April, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy through his Twitter account

The Ruler said that under the initiative, 25% of all trips in Dubai will be driverless by 2030. 

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