DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai, in collaboration with Cruise, has begun testing and data collection for self-driving cars in the city.
The RTA announced that it is using five Chevy Bolt-based autonomous vehicles in Jumeirah 1 to collect data and test technology for Dubai’s traffic signals, signage, and driver behavior, among other things.
It is a significant step toward the introduction of self-driving ride-hailing services in Dubai.
Dubai has self-driving taxis.
This step is part of the RTA’s strategy to help the city achieve its goal of becoming the world’s smartest city and a global leader in self-driving transportation.
The goal necessitates investment in smart mobility and the use of advanced technology, and it is part of the RTA’s commitment to improving citizens’, residents’, and visitors’ well-being and safety.
“Data collection and testing are a critical phase in Dubai’s quest for excellence in smart mobility and advanced technology,” said Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
“This work will ensure that Cruise’s advanced generalizable AI and autonomous driving systems can safely adapt to Dubai traffic conditions.”
“Five Chevy Bolt-based autonomous vehicles will be deployed in the Jumeirah 1 area for this stage of data collection and testing for Dubai’s traffic environment.”
“The goal is to get the best readings and data possible using onboard lidars, radars, and cameras that capture data and images in a 360-degree field of vision,” he added.
“The introduction of self-driving cars will have a positive impact on Dubai’s transportation landscape and well-being.” It will facilitate the integration of transportation and communication systems by streamlining mass transit users’ mobility and arrival at their final destinations.”
The RTA and Cruise have partnered to launch the city’s first autonomous taxi service. RTA plans to deploy 4,000 autonomous vehicles by 2030, making DXB the first city outside of the United States to commercialize Cruise self-driving cars.
The introduction of self-driving cars will reduce traffic congestion, reduce the number of traffic accidents, and reduce harmful emissions.