RTA, DANS ink MoU to chart 'air corridors' for 'autonomous vehicles'

The MoU will study laws related to autonomous air vehicles, and tap resources to serve Dubai’s strategy for smart air transport

RTA, DANS ink MoU to chart 'air corridors' for 'autonomous vehicles'
RTA, DANS ink MoU to chart 'air corridors' for 'autonomous vehicles'

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to step up cooperation in studying laws relating to autonomous air vehicles, participate in specialist workshops held by both parties, and coordinate efforts in R&D and innovations.

Commenting on the agreement, the chief executive officer of the Public Transport Agency and the head of RTA’s Autonomous Air Vehicle Project Team, Ahmed Bahrozyan, said: “The MoU also calls for charting out air corridors for air vehicles and stepping up the safety and security of aerial transport within the geographical perimeters of Dubai by using advanced technologies.”

The agreement is part of a strategy to exchange expertise with government and semi-government entities sharing common objectives.

The two parties have pledged to facilitate the procedures and share information about specialist and advanced firms, test programmes, and the specifications of take-off and landing sites for autonomous air vehicles among others.

Bahrozyan added: “The signing of the MoU is part of our efforts to support the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25% of total mobility trips in Dubai into autonomous trips by 2030. It also fits with our aim to enhance the integration of mass transit means and add happiness to people through the deployment of smooth, fast, and innovate transit means.”

The deputy chief executive officer at the Dubai Air Navigation Services, Ibrahim Ahli, said: “We are thrilled to partner with RTA and look forward to supporting the strategic drive of our leaders in the fields of smart mobility and autonomous vehicles.

“Through signing this MoU with RTA, a leading regional and global entity in this regard, DANS will harness its resources and expertise to serve Dubai’s future strategy in the field of smart air transport.

“DANS has an innovative culture supported by a team of top air navigation experts; which assures the realisation of our common objectives with RTA. Autonomous air vehicles are a key component of the vision of the UAE and Dubai and engaging in this cooperation will bolster their ability to anticipate the future requirements worldwide.”

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