RTA wins award for self-driving vehicle code

RTA wins award for self-driving vehicle code
HE Mattar Al Tayer accepted the award on behalf of the RTA.
Published: 24 January 2019 - 1:03 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has won the Best Public-Private Project Award during the recent Gulf Traffic Exhibition and Conference.

The RTA won for the Dubai Code of Practice for Self-Driving Vehicles, during the event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in December.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said that winning the award reflected the RTA's commitment to having 25% of journeys in Dubai made by self-driving transport by 2030.

The code acts as a guide for manufacturers for testing their self-driving vehicles in Dubai. The tests encompass safety and security of passengers and other road users, to international standards and ensure transparency and governance of the assessment procedures.

The testing includes four phases, including compliance to check eligibility of manufacturers; testing with a geo-fenced area of roads; assessment on simulators and trials on specific open road networks with moderate traffic.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency and Head of Smart & Sustainable Transport Committee at RTA commented: "Winning this Award underlines our belief that improvements in the self-driving vehicles rest on carrying out diverse trials on these vehicles. We have therefore introduced the Code of Practice to describe the minimal safety & security requirements of self-driving vehicles to be tested. Accordingly, we issue permits to companies to carry out trials within Geo-Fenced Areas to control the number of potential risks. RTA has developed this Guide, which is the first of its kind worldwide, to enable manufacturers to test the technology systematically in Dubai."

"When the vehicle passes these stages, a no objection certificate is issued for the use of vehicles on Dubai roads as per the applicable legislation. This Guide, which will be implemented by the end of 2019, contributes to attracting manufacturers to invest in researches and trials to transform Dubai into a regional hub for self-driving vehicles," added Bahrozyan.

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