Dubai, UAE is piloting AVs

In 2016, Dubai set an ambitious goal–to shift 25 percent of passenger journeys to AVs by 2030.

One tool the emirates hopes will accelerate its efforts is the World Challenge for Self-driving Transport, a multi-year challenge organized by the Dubai Road and Transport Authority. The innovation contest’s launch edition focuses on first/last-mile solutions with $5 million in prize money offered in three separate categories to established industry leaders, startups, and students. The process culminates in October 2019 when Dubai will host the World Congress for Self-driving Transport.

Dubai’s Autonomous Transportation Strategy, published in April 2016, is the world’s most comprehensive AV plan and forecasts slashing transportation costs by 44 percent, reducing accidents by 12 percent, and saving 396 million person-hours from reduced congestion.

Initial efforts to implement this program included a driverless shuttle demonstration with Emaar, a leading real estate developer, the Dubai Taxi Corporation’s acquisition of 200 Autopilot-equipped Tesla S sedans, and establishment of a partnership with OTSAW, a Singaporean robotics firms, to develop an AV police car fleet. Long-term plans are for a driverless shuttle service to link the 2020 World Expo site on man-made Bluewaters Island to the mainland. Dubai has also signalled its interest in developing an AV air transport network with pilot tests from German-based Volocopter and EHang, a Chinese drone maker.

Updates

2018-01-22: Diamond Developers, creators of the 500-home mixed use Sustainable City tract within in the country’s massive Dubailand theme park project announced they will work with the country’s Road and Transport Authority to create an AV testbed and infrastructure. Link

Further Reading

http://sdchallenge.com/en/

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