Why Dubai wants to go "Driverless" with new no-man cars
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Driverless cars could change the future of Dubai’s infrastructure, a UAE government summit held in Dubai heard on Monday.
The benefits of computer-operated self-driving cars are increased safety, energy efficiency and less traffic congestion, delegates to the conference heard – crucial in small cities like Dubai, said Brad Templeton, faculty member of California’s Singularity University at the summit, according to a press release.
The importance of adopting new transport strategies for the Emirate was highlighted by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chief Mattar al-Tayer.
Nine years ago, Dubai witnessed 22 accidents per 100,000 people - costing the Emirate over $1 billion – a figure now reduced to six per the same number of people, due to strong infrastructure and new laws and regulations, said Tayer.
“Any country without infrastructure will fail at an economic level,” the transport chief warned.
In order to cope with Dubai’s growing need for infrastructure, four major projects will be introduced in time for the hosting of the World Expo in 2020 – which the city expects 25 million visitors to attend.
Plans include creating a unified control center for the whole transport network, increasing the number of buses and taxis, and extending the city’s metro.
Dubai’s transport authority is also constructing a tramline that will be fully operational by the end of the year, Tayer said.
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