Dubai and WEF sign MoU to promote autonomous vehicle technology

Posted: 7 April 2021 | | No comments yet

Dubai’s transport authority says it wants a quarter of journeys in the UAE city to be smart and driverless by 2030, as it launches the second edition of its Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport competition.

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to promote the strategic partnerships between the two parties, especially relevant to the Safe Drive Initiative Framework (SafeDI Framework) of the Forum. RTA says the MoU supports Dubai’s strategy to transform 25 per cent of total trips in the city into self-driving trips by year 2030.

Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, and Head of the Self Driving Transport Congress and Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Organising Committee, signed the MoU on behalf of RTA. Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum signed on behalf of the Forum.

“Under the MoU, RTA will develop a scenario-based Framework to assess the safety of autonomous vehicles, and provide the required information, technical support and training for the participants in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. Thus, Dubai will be the first city in the world to adopt this Framework. The MoU enables the sharing of technical knowledge and experience at all levels,” said Bahrozyan.

“Recently, RTA announced the qualification of 13 local and international organisations for the final stage of the second edition of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. Despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19, nominations for the Challenge were received from 21 entities, which amounts to 200% of the targeted number,” added Bahrozyan.

“The implementation of the Safe Drive Initiative Framework by Dubai, represented by the RTA, underscores the ambitions of the Emirate in the field of Self-Driving Transport. Partnering with forward thinking governments is critical to enabling us to co-create governance tools to enable a safer future of mobility, like the framework developed by the Safe Drive Initiative project community,” said Mr Jurgens.

“This framework was developed following extensive engagement with the Forum’s industry partners, complemented by interviews with a range of governments and regulators around the world and studying parallel initiatives,” he added.

RTA says it organises the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport as a catalyst to achieve its vision to make 25 percent of all trips in Dubai smart and driverless by 2030.

The Challenge is a multi-year international competition designed for industry leaders, start-ups, and academia tackling the transport challenges faced by global cities.

The second edition of this year’s challenge is devoted to Self-driving Logistics Services, including ground transport and drones. RTA says the winners will be announced and honoured in an international event by October 2021.

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