RTA, World Economic Forum sign MoU rendering Dubai first city to implement Safe Drive Initiative

DUBAI, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Economic Forum to promote the strategic partnerships between the two parties, especially relevant to the Safe Drive InitiativeFramework (SafeDI Framework) of the Forum.

The MoU supports Dubai’s strategy to transform 25 percent of total trips in the city into self-driving trips by the year 2030.

Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, and Head of the Self Driving Transport Congress and Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Organising Committee, signed the MoU on behalf of the RTA. Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) signed on behalf of the forum.

“Under the MoU, the RTA will develop a scenario-based framework to assess the safety of autonomous vehicles, and provide the required information, technical support and training for the participants in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. Thus, Dubai will be the first city in the world to adopt this framework. The MoU enables the sharing of technical knowledge and experience at all levels,” Bahrozyan said.

“Recently, the RTA announced the qualification of 13 local and international organisations for the final stage of the 2nd edition of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport under Pioneering Companies and Academic Institutions categories of the Challenge, which is held under the theme: Self-driving Logistics Services. Despite the challenges forced by COVID-19 worldwide, nominations for the challenge were received from 21 entities, which amounts to 200 percent of the targeted number,” Bahrozyan added.

“The implementation of the Safe Drive InitiativeFramework by Dubai, represented by the RTA, underscores the ambitions of the emirate in the field of self-driving transport. Partnering with forward-thinking governments is critical to enable us to co-create governance tools to enable a safer future of mobility, like the framework developed by the Safe Drive Initiative project community,” Jurgens said.

RTA organises the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport as a catalyst to achieve the vision to make 25 percent of all trips in Dubai to be smart and driverless by 2030. The challenge is a multi-year international competition designed for industry leaders, start-ups, and academia tackling the transport challenges faced by global cities. It is the first of its kind to be truly global in its outlook and not limited by country or region. The second edition of this year’s challenge is devoted to Self-driving Logistics Services, including ground transport and drones.

The winners will be announced and honoured in an international event by October 2021.


Source: Emirates News Agency

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