A delegation from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Future Foundation has reviewed the latest technologies & researches of driverless vehicles during a visit to the Carnegie Mellon University and Uber Company in the USA. The visit was part of the efforts to chalk up the Dubai Driverless Transport Strategy Project.
Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Licensing Agency cum Chair of Smart Vehicles Committee, RTA, said, “The visit plan was part of the current project endorsed by RTA following the launch of Dubai Government Strategy aimed at converting 25% of mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless transport by 2030. The visit was planned to have exposure to the latest developments of smart vehicles and various apps produced by labs of Carnegie Mellon University, and review the best practices of driverless transport strategy in this regard.
“During the visit, the delegation convened with several specialists in the research centers of the National Robotics Engineering Center at the University to examine the latest technologies & robot systems used in various apps. It also met with the team specialized in the development of autonomous driving systems,” added Bahrozyan.
Adel Shakri, Director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency said, “The team paid a field visit to familiarize with the advanced main traffic lights system at Pittsburgh city. The University is currently overseeing a scheme to fit all junctions with communication devices enabling the exchange of information between light signals and vehicles (signal time, number & positions of vehicles among others) to slash the journey time and in the process cut environmental pollution. The delegation also visited a research center to have a first-hand experience of a driverless vehicle commuting in city streets; which has assisted in identifying the potentials as well as the limitations of the technology.