A Milestone for Self-Driving Transport
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched trials of self-driving taxis in the Jumeirah 1 area. A significant step towards realizing its autonomous transportation goals.
These autonomous taxis, in partnership with Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, are currently in the trial phase. This means that passengers are not yet permitted, and there is a safety driver in control.
The successful trial is the result of joint efforts between the RTA and Cruise. It involves extensive data collection and controlled track testing.
Although the trial phase excludes passengers for the time being, it is anticipated that select individuals will have the opportunity to ride in Cruise’s autonomous taxis by the end of this year, with full commercial operations expected to commence in the second half of 2024.
RTA aims to achieve 25% smart and driverless journeys across Dubai by 2030 as part of its Smart Self-Driving Transport Strategy. Cruise taxis can carry up to three passengers. Fare details for self-driving taxis are yet to be determined. They are expected to be competitive with limo taxi rates in Dubai.
RTA plans to expand its fleet of autonomous taxis in the Jumeirah area. Around 4,000 driverless cabs would be deployed across Dubai by 2030.
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