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Sheikh Hamdan tests self-driving taxi in Dubai

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Dubai is set to become the first city outside the US to deploy self-driving cars on its roads. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has been ramping up tests of autonomous vehicles (AVs) across different areas, and recently, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tested an RTA Chevrolet Cruise AV in the Jumeirah 1 area.

The testing of Cruise AVs is a crucial step towards enhancing Dubai’s global leadership in implementing self-driving transport, contributing to the city’s strategy to convert 25% of all mobility journeys to self-driving modes by 2030. The deployment of autonomous vehicles is part of the RTA’s efforts to collaborate with leading global entities to advance AV technologies and offer innovative solutions for transportation challenges, such as curbing urban congestion and elevating road safety.

In April 2023, GM started digital mapping preparations for self-driving Cruise vehicles in Jumeirah 1, using Cruise’s HD mapping technology to map the surrounding environment. In October, Cruise began limited testing with five autonomous vehicles accompanied by safety drivers. The tests are set to continue, and the RTA will later announce a registration process allowing selected members of the public to use the Cruise ride-hailing app to experience the futuristic services of the Cruise Autonomous transport technologies.

The spread of autonomous vehicles marks a significant technological shift in Dubai’s transport systems, facilitating passengers’ journeys to their final destinations and providing services to a large portion of underserved users, such as senior residents and People of Determination. This initiative supports Dubai’s vision to transform itself into the smartest city in the world.

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