RTA begins trial run of autonomous vehicle at Expo 2020 Dubai site

The vehicle can accommodate 15 riders, and will commute people from Expo 2020’s main entrance to the staff offices

RTA begins trial run of autonomous vehicle at Expo 2020 Dubai site
RTA begins trial run of autonomous vehicle at Expo 2020 Dubai site

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the trial run of an autonomous vehicle within the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site.

The vehicle will be used to commute individuals on a dedicated path from the main entrance to staff offices. It can accommodate 15 riders, including 10 seated and five standing, and travels at a speed of 25kmph.

It is designed to travel in closed and internal public roads within the entertainment and residential communities.

The autonomous vehicle, which uses green technologies, is powered by electricity and can operate up to 16 hours.

It also features high safety and security standards to monitor the path using advanced sensors and high accuracy positioning systems. It can monitor any obstructing object, and will automatically slow down when an object emerges. The vehicle will come to a complete stop when an object comes close to the vehicle.

The trial run, which will last for three months, includes testing autonomous technologies, ensuring high safety of individuals, and protecting properties.

The initiative is part of the RTA’s efforts to broaden the scope of the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, which aims to transform 25% of the emirate’s total mobility to self-driving modes by 2030.

The trial run is also aligned with plans to integrate mass transit, as well as develop safe and sustainable transport solutions.

Commenting on the autonomous vehicle, the chief executive officer of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, Ahmed Bahrozyan, said: “The Self-Driving Transport Strategy is part of a set of initiatives aimed at supporting the green economy drive in Dubai. Trialling an autonomous vehicle at the site of Expo 2020 is an achievement and an addition to our efforts to spread autonomous vehicles at various Dubai hotspots.”

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