World’s first self-driving pods were launched by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) at the World Government Summit on Sunday.
These pods are launched in collaboration with Next Future Transportation and are designed to travel short and medium distances in chosen lanes.
Every pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated when the pod is in motion.
RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said, “The pilot test of driverless units is directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the context of transforming Dubai into the smartest city worldwide.”
The pods form part of Dubai’s larger strategy of making 25% of all journeys in Dubai autonomous by 2030. RTA has signed an agreement with the US-based Next Future Inc. to develop the units as part of the initial phase of Dubai Future Accelerators.