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Dubai to develop data infrastructure for driverless transportation

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has signed a preliminary agreement covering long-term technology collaboration with HERE Technology

RTA has signed an agreement with HERE Technology [image: RTA].
RTA has signed an agreement with HERE Technology [image: RTA].

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a preliminary agreement covering long-term technology collaboration with HERE Technology.

In a statement, RTA revealed it will be working with HERE Technology to implement high-definition mapping of Dubai, an initiative that the authority said is needed to move the emirate closer to its objective to having self-driving services comprise 25% of its public transport by 2030.

According to RTA, both parties plan to deploy newly available location technologies in the development of data infrastructure to support safe, sustainable, and efficient autonomous transportation.

RTA and HERE reportedly intend to conduct some pilots to enable HD Live Map, HERE’s map for autonomous cars and public service vehicles operating in Dubai. HD Live Map is a high-definition and self-updating map designed to provide vehicles with accurate information about what is happening on the road.

Abdulla Al Madani, CEO of RTA’s Corporate Technology Support Services Sector , said: “RTA has always been a forerunner in harnessing the most sophisticated technologies through collaborating with the world’s best providers.”

Meanwhile, Leon van de Pas, senior vice president for IoT at HERE Technologies, added: “Dubai recognises the importance of new location technologies in making transportation [safer, and more efficient] and sustainable for people.

“Driven by our vision of enabling an autonomous world for everyone, the HERE Technologies team is excited and energized to help Dubai deliver on its ambition plans for a driverless future.”

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