Last week, Dubai has unveiled its first driverless bus service. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a month-long trial for the electric vehicle with a view to expand it across the Emirate.
The 10-seat vehicle made its first trip on Thursday 1st September along a 700-metre stretch of road in downtown Dubai along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
A joint venture between a French group and a Dubai-based company, the minibus is powered by an electric motor and can drive as fast as 40 km/h. The driverless vehicles have also been tested in several cities in France and Switzerland whilst carrying passengers for the first time in Lyon yesterday (03rdSeptember).
Thanks to a cutting-edge guidance technology, the vehicle can adapt its speed to the surrounding environment and even come to a complete halt should pedestrians cross its path.
According to RTA, the bus can be programmed to navigate between Dubai's main tourist attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera and the Souk al-Bahar.
RTA's aim is to have a quarter of all Dubai transport automated by 2030.