RTA delegation attends ‘Dubai Self-Driving Challenge’ trials in Australia, Taiwan

RTA delegation pose for a photograph with a foreign university officials. WAM

A delegation from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently visited several universities and start-ups in Taipei, Taiwan, and Sydney, Australia, participating in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.

The tests were meant for participants in the second (start-ups) and third-tiers (Academia — International), and were restricted to entities shortlisted for the challenge, following a series of theoretical and field assessments.

"The RTA visited several Sydney Technology Universities and start-ups (iAuto) to assess the models they have developed for solving first and last-mile challenges, that is the ability to provide easy access to residential and other destinations, while addressing security and safety requirements. During the visits, test vehicles were subjected to various climatic conditions, such as rain and fog," said Adel Shakri, Director of Planning and Business Development, Public Transport Agency and Head of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Committee.

The challenge was launched by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, during the Los Angeles CoMotion Congress, USA, in November 2017, in collaboration with Khalifa University and the NewCities International Foundation.

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