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RTA starts tests for selecting winners of self-driving meet

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A self-driving vehicle passes through a pedestrian crossing in Dubai. WAM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to embark on the practical tests programme for selecting winners of Leaders Category of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport in collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DOSA) next month. Conducting the tests follows a preparatory phase that took place in June and July 2019.

The Challenge Awards are more than $5 million divided into three categories: Leaders of five companies from different countries, Startups and academia for university and college students.

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DSOA has allocated a route at the Oasis from June 5 to Sept.9, 2019, to host the challenge for leading companies. The challenge includes a series of placement tests that relate to endurance and authenticity, and the ability to drive under traffic conditions simulative to reality such as water sprinklers, different sizes of road humps, sand blasting machines…etc.

DSOA also designated a light industrial unit for participants including an office space, meeting rooms, an area designated for tests and workshops.

“Practical tests for selecting winners of the Challenge cover the ability to provide services that fulfill the needs of riders. The focus will be on First/Last Mile Challenge, which is the theme of the first edition of  the Challenge. Tests will also examine the ability and efficiency of vehicles to provide passenger services under the prevailing local environment and climatic conditions of Dubai,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency and Chairman of Organising Committee of Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, RTA.

RTA-Officials- Officials and dignitaries stand for a photograph in front of a self-driving vehicle. WAM

Engineer Muammar Al Katheeri, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Smart City at DSOA, said: “At DSOA, we have always been keen to support the initiative of transforming Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world. As a strategic partner of this initiative, we have successfully positioned ourselves as a pioneering proof of concept for several smart city solutions in Dubai.”

He added: “We are delighted to join forces with RTA on the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, supporting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform 25 percent of all transportation in Dubai into driverless mode by 2030.”

Muammar concluded: “Hosting the inaugural edition of the challenge, which has attracted creative minds from across the world to help disrupt the transportation industry for the better, aligns with DSO’s commitment to serving as a testbed for smart technologies as well as a hub for experts and leaders in the field of innovation.”