The technology uses a high-resolution map of the physical environment, which is created using mapping vehicles equipped with sensors including Lidar (Light detection and ranging) and cameras.
The vehicles will collect data as it drives throughout the city, which is then used to create and maintain a navigable map for autonomous vehicles.
Speaking about the initiative, the RDA said on Twitter:
“The agreement, which is the first of its kind worldwide between a government entity and a leading company in the field of autonomous vehicles, is a major step toward realising Dubai’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy,”
Mattar Al Tayer, director general of RTA, also confirmed that “limited numbers” of the cars would be introduced in 2023.
The launch of driverless taxis is part of a long-term vision to make 25 per cent of total trips autonomous across various modes of transport by 2030.