The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has just launched the first wave of testing on its upcoming autonomous pods during the World Government Summit. The project was conceived in cooperation with Next Future Transportation and is part of RTA’s initiative towards Dubai Future Accelerators.
Designed for traveling short distances, these autonomous pods and will have their own dedicated lanes. It takes only a couple of seconds for it to be coupled or detached and can even do that while it is moving. Each autonomous pod can accommodate up to 10 people with 6 seats allotted and another 4 for the standing position.
These autonomous pods are battery-operated and can support up to three hours of operation before needing to be charged again. The average speed for each pod is about 20 kph.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said, “The pilot test of driverless units is directed by HH 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.
“It is also part of RTA endeavors to provide autonomous transport through carrying out technological tests on autonomous transport means under Dubai’s climatic conditions. It echoes the Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25% of mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transportation by 2030. The move also contributes to achieving the integration of public transit means and people happiness through providing smooth, quick and innovative transit means,” added Al Tayer.