Abu Dhabi’s driverless taxis are now available to carry passengers free of charge between select locations on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The vehicles, known as Robo-taxis were launched on November 23 at the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit. By geospatial and data analytics firm Bayanat and the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC).
A Committed Smartphone App Will Signal Driverless Cars
A committed smartphone app will signal driverless cars. Residents and visitors can download and register on the app, then hail the vehicles. At present, the vehicles cover locations such as Yas Beach, Etihad Arena and other popular sites on the island.
The Cars Are Offering Free Transport
In this first phase, the cars are offering free transport. And are guarded by trained safety officers on board, in keeping with the emirate’s transport regulations. In the next phases, the geographical area that these driverless vehicles will be covering shall be extended. Including deploying them on highways.
Three of the vehicles are electric and two are hybrid. They have all undergone rigorous pre-launch testing. Including intensive tests over the last week. A total of 10 professionals have been trained at the Emirates Driving Company to ensure safety onboard the vehicles.
The Goal Of Setting Up Driverless Cars Is To Reduce Congestion On The Roads
The goal of setting up driverless, electric vehicles is to reduce congestion on the roads. As well as decrease carbon emissions. The UAE want to lead in all sectors. This launch is the stepping stone towards making the UAE more sustainable and keeping it at the forefront of technological advances.
It Is Expected That More Driverless Taxis To Take To The Roads Soon
ITC has tested the cars on the roads for more than a week. And there were no safety incidents recorded over this period. In order to further reassure users of their safety, they’ve mandated that safety officers be present onboard. They will not operate the vehicle, except in cases of a rare emergency. It is expected that more driverless taxis to take to the roads soon.
The two-day summit is seeing the presence of 400 experts who are discussing the outlook for the UAE capital. Including the increased deployment of Artificial Intelligence, data analytic and Internet of Things technology. Organised by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), municipal sector regulator for the emirate, the summit also witnessed the signing of agreements with a number of technology developers.