The region’s first driverless taxi will be tested in Dubai Silicon Oasis, the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed ahead of tech exhibition Gitex 2018, which will be held in the city on 14-18 October.

The autonomous taxi has been designed in partnership with Dubai Silicon Oasis and DG World for “robots and artificial applications”, Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said.

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He continued: “The vehicle, which will be tentatively run on dedicated routes at the Dubai Silicon Oasis, has top safety and security standards. It is equipped with cameras and sensors that fully view traffic and road conditions, control the vehicle, and avoid collision.

“The autonomous taxi contributes to the integration of mass transport systems by facilitating the movement of public transport users, specifically Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram, to reach their final destinations.”

RTA’s other exhibits at Gitex 2018, to be held at Dubai World Trade Centre, will include the Robot Cleaner Initiative, which has been designed to clean the floors of Dubai Metro stations. Additionally, the authority will display samples of Dubai Metro spare parts manufactured through 3D printing technology.  

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All these initiatives and smart services are in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city.

“The new initiatives also contribute to the implementation of the Dubai Smart Self-Driving Mobility Strategy that aims to transform 25% of Dubai's total journeys into self-driving transit means by 2030, besides integrating mass transit modes,” a report by UAE news agency WAM added.