The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority is planning to trial a driverless vehicle shuttle service in Downtown Dubai, transporting passengers on a 550-metre trial corridor between Dubai Mall and an underground car park. The autonomous vehicles will cross public traffic intersections and interact with local smart traffic light system Scoot.
Dubai is currently rolling out smart infrastructure transport initiatives aimed at covering 60% of main roads by 2018/2019. Elements include constructing a new traffic control centre leaning on big data, artificial intelligence, 3D printing for bus shelters, as well as autonomous mobility.
Also the mix here is Dubai’s air taxi, the Volocopter 2X, which has just completed successful trial. The autonomous cabs tested were mere two-seaters but the next trial will see four-seaters airborne.
German outfit Volocopter sees its cabs taking off every minute to ease the strain on congestion-prone areas like bridges, tunnels, ring roads or feeder roads. It says its aircraft ‘are much cheaper to operate than conventional aerial mobility alternatives’.