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RTA buys 200 driverless cars from Tesla

RTA said that the vehicles, which will be Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, will be added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of limousines

Tesla Model S.
Tesla Model S.

Dubai’s Road and Transport authority announced that it has signed an agreement to buy 200 electric vehicles from US-based Tesla Inc, fully fitted with autonomous driving technology.

RTA said that the vehicles, which will be Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, will be added to Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of limousines.

The deal was signed on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai by Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA and Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of Tesla Inc.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board at the RTA said: “This agreement is... part of the Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at transforming 25% of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys by 2030.”

Tesla said in a statement that its autopilot is designed as a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and “make highway driving more enjoyable by reducing the driver’s workload”.

First orders of the Model S and Model X vehicles are expected to be delivered in Dubai by this summer.

Elon Musk met with leaders in Dubai ahead of the electric vehicle's UAE launch to discuss the company’s role in encouraging the use of clean energy and integrating electric cars as part of the RTA’s strategy to pursue the adoption of autonomous vehicles.

The launch of the service is supported by a pop-up store in The Dubai Mall, Tesla Ranger service and a service centre now under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road which will open in July.

 

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