Driverless vehicle on trial run in Dubai

Vehicle is designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes

A driverless vehicle with a capacity to carry ten passengers is undergoing a trial run in Dubai.

The vehicle is designed to travel short distances on pre-programmed routes and under multiple environments. The vehicle travels on virtual routes, which can easily be reset to accommodate sudden changes as required, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a press statement on Sunday.

It’s fitted with all safety requisites & controls specifying its planned route, and the sensor system as well as the intelligent system of the vehicle enable coping with any obstacles encountered en route to avoid collision.

The trial run will be conducted during the three-day 2nd Mena Transport Congress & Exhibition 2016 as part of measures being taken to transforming Dubai into the smartest city worldwide.

The event features the participation of 600 delegates from 29 countries including 10 appointed transport ministers. A lineup of 102 speakers from 39 countries will deliver speeches to the audience. The accompanying exhibition, which spans an area of 6480 square meters, is expected to attract more than 3000 people.

Sessions and discussions

Over three days, the Congress will debate issues related to the status of public transport in developing cities, management & finance of public transport, the use of energy, school transport, and the importance of innovation & creativity in delivering public transport services.

The first day of the Congress will see six discussion panels including four parallel sessions. The first will discuss the rules & guidelines of school transport, the second will tackle public transport in rapid-growing cities, the third will examine merging taxi services in public transport sector, and the fourth will review the development of transit systems. There will be two Expo sessions; the first will discuss modern technologies of public transport, and the other will be assigned to rail and transport guide.

The second day of the event will see 10 sessions including one general session entitled: Governance and Transport Finance. Six parallel sessions will be held to discuss issues related to the impact of smart technology on school transport, public transport & the development of smart cities, urban transport systems, bus mass transit systems, bus using attitudes, and the public transport & recruitment management. Three Expo Sessions will be held to discuss bus technology, transport solutions and the Swede Exhibition.

The final day of the Congress will witness three sessions. One will discuss the future of transport, in addition to two parallel sessions; the first tackles challenges faced by disabled students, and the second focuses on the image & quality of public transport. The itinerary of the Congress includes several technical visits to Dubai Tram, marine transit modes, Dubai Taxi Corporation and the School Transport Department.

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