Dubai’s RTA and Seoul Metropolitan Government forge partnership for future mobility

Posted: 8 May 2024 | | No comments yet

Dubai’s RTA and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have signed an MoU aimed at advancing collaboration in autonomous driving and urban air mobility, fostering innovation and sustainable transportation solutions.

Dubai's RTA and Seoul Metropolitan Government forge partnership for future mobility

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have announced that they have embarked on a new phase of collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at fostering co-operation and enhancing their strategic partnership in the realm of public transport and future mobility.

The agreement, signed by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, and His Excellency Oh Se-hoon, Mayor of Seoul, sets the stage for a comprehensive partnership to explore development opportunities across various fields, including autonomous driving and urban air mobility.

The MoU underscores a commitment to joint efforts that align with the visions of both cities, positioning them as leading hubs for finance, business and tourism, while ensuring the wellbeing and happiness of their residents and customers.

Mr. Al Tayer expressed enthusiasm about the new partnership, stating, “The two sides share many strategic objectives and can exchange best practices in the field of planning and operating passenger transportation services, especially public transportation buses. There is a potential for developing sustainable and innovative mass transit solutions, including express buses on dedicated lanes and electric buses.”

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Mayor Oh Se-hoon said: “As both cities actively invest in advancing future transportation systems, we anticipate mutually benefiting from the outcomes of the pilot projects for future mobility based on [the] agreement. These projects will encompass cutting-edge innovations such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and autonomous vehicles.”

The MoU outlines a broad framework for partnership, emphasising the exchange of technical knowledge, expertise and information to advance public transport services and mobility solutions. It sets the stage for joint participation in mobility events, field visits and shared experiences to enhance policies and strategies in urban mobility.

Both entities aim to deepen co-operation through initiatives like Seoul Smart Life Week, inviting RTA‘s participation to further enrich collaboration in transportation policies and strategies. The agreement also prioritises sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation policies, focusing on managing electric and hydrogen bus fleets and developing infrastructure for alternative fuelling stations.

Overall, the MoU between RTA and the Seoul Metropolitan Government represents a significant step towards fostering robust technology transfer and extensive knowledge exchange, ultimately benefiting both Dubai and Seoul in their pursuit of innovative and sustainable mobility solutions.