Driverless vehicle on trial in Downtown Dubai

A driverless vehicle will be on a month-long trial on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai from Thursday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Wednesday.

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Dubai: A driverless vehicle will be on a month-long trial on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai from Thursday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Wednesday.

A joint venture between RTA and Emaar Properties, the trial run is part of Dubai’s attempt to adopt smart mobility solutions in its attempt to become the smartest city in the world.

Built jointly by Omnix International and Easy Mile, the autonomous vehicle dubbed EZ10, is an electric shuttle that can run in both directions as it has no specific front or rear.

Running on a 700-metre trial route that will begin from Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard/Financial Centre Street intersection to Vida Hotel Downtown Dubai, the driverless vehicle will provide free rides to all commuters.

The first driverless vehicle to be on trial in Dubai, EZ10 is expected to connect Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera and Souq Al Bahar with several other locations in Downtown in the next phase. More info

By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

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