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Digital map of Dubai for first driverless taxis to be created by these electric cars

Driverless taxi’s will soon be a reality in Dubai!

A digital map is about to be created of Dubai which will make way for the first driverless taxis.

This is a massive step for Dubai’s autonomous transport strategy.

Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicles to map the way for driverless taxis

Two Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with sensors and cameras will be used ahead of the wider introduction of high-tech taxis in 2023.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority said  that the vehicles would initially be used in Jumeirah and will be driven by specialist drivers.

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.

By 2030, it is expected that 4,000 driverless taxis will be in operation in Dubai.