Driverless Cars Will Soon Be A Thing In Dubai
But it's A LOT sooner than you might think...
The 2016 MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition kicked off earlier today under the patronage of none other than HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum himself.
At the event, it was announced that driverless cars, manufactured by Easy Mile/ Omnix Company, will soon be seen on the Dubai road network and that they are currently on trial this week in Dubai. They are designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes as well as under various environments. This basically means that they're capable of withstanding the UAE's occasionally harsh conditions.
According to the RTA (who organised the event), the vehicle travels on virtual routes and can simply be reset to adapt to sudden changes as required.
The funky looking cars are fitted with safety features such as a sensor system in order for it to detect obstacles and avoid collisions as well as being able to fit 10 people comfortably!
The test run is another step towards achieving the goals of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, to transform the emirate into the smartest city worldwide.
Should the trial be a success, it's hoped that the vehicles will be rolled out in major tourism hotspots around Dubai to help ease congestion, as well as at the Expo 2020 site. Amazing.