Dubai is known for its innovative and amazing projects and here is another one to add to the list. Dubai is all set to introduce driverless taxis in 2023.
Yes, you read that correctly!
In 2023, Dubai will be the first city outside of the US, to have the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicles on its roads.
Agreement Signed Between Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Cruise
On Monday 12 April, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai have witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Cruise, the US-based autonomous vehicle company.
Speaking of this initiative, Sheikh Hamdan said:
This agreement — which is the first of its kind worldwide between a government entity and a leading developer of autonomous vehicles, and autonomous vehicle technology — is a major step towards realising Dubai’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total trips in Dubai into self-driving transport trips across different modes of transport by 2030.”
The first set of cars is set to be on Dubai roads in 2023 and by 2030, all 4000 cars will be travelling on Dubai’s streets.
How do Driverless Cars Work?
Simply put, autonomous cars depend on sensors, actuators, complex algorithms, machine learning systems, as well as powerful processors to execute software. Autonomous cars create and maintain a map of their surroundings based on a variety of sensors situated in different parts of the vehicle.
It’s really smart technology that also uses radar sensors which monitor the position of nearby vehicles. Video cameras also detect traffic lights, read road signs, track other vehicles, and look for pedestrians. Amazing!