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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Driverless vehicles test run in Dubai

The autonomous car is designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes and in various environments.
A ten-seater driverless car is being test run in Dubai during the second MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition. Courtesy RTA
A ten-seater driverless car is being test run in Dubai during the second MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition. Courtesy RTA

DUBAI // A 10-seater driverless vehicle is being trial run in Dubai.

The announcement was made on the opening day of the second MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, an event organised by the Roads and Transport Authority.

The autonomous car, produced by Easy Mile / Omnix Company, is designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes and under various environments, making it capable of withstanding the country’s harsh conditions.

The vehicle travels on virtual routes, which can easily be reset to accommodate sudden changes as required, according to a statement from RTA.

It is fitted with safety features and a sensor system which detect obstacles and help avoid collisions.

The test run is another step towards achieving the goals of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, to transform the emirate into the smartest city worldwide.

This driverless car is not the first of its kind, in May 2014, Google announced it was building a self-driving vehicle without a steering wheel and needing only buttons for go and stop.

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