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Dubai first city to issue rules for driverless vehicles

29 October 2021

Dubai will soon be the first city to issue rules for commercial use of self-driving vehicles by 2022, a senior official at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced.

The RTA has signed a deal with the US-based autonomous car maker Cruise in April 2021. Cruise is a subsidiary of General Motors. The deal was signed to purchase 4000 cars. 

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The first batch of self-driving cars will hit Dubai’s roads in 2023. Cruise origin cars are driverless, and do not have steering wheel. 

This 15-year deal will be small to begin with, and will expand further to include thousands of cars in Dubai.

“By 2023, it is our responsibility as a government entity of Dubai to introduce rules that would allow vehicles to operate here. It is a commitment for us,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency at RTA.

He further said that the RTA is working with Dubai Legislation Authority, Dubai Police and all other partners. Towards next year, a regulation is expected.
On 29th August 2021, Dubai’s RTA announced that five percent of Dubai Taxi’s fleet will be converted into self-driving cabs by 2023. Also, Dubai aims to make at least 56 percent of its total taxi fleet environment-friendly by the year 2023.

Cruise placement in Dubai will allow company to operate a fleet of robotic taxis from 2023. This forms part of Dubai’s plan to reduce pollution and save cost of transport by using autonomous vehicles by 2030.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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