DUBAI - Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has announced it held a forum to discuss "The Legal Structure of Transport on Autonomous Vehicles".

Scores of specialists, employees attended the forum along with experts from RTA’s Legal Affairs Department.

In an opening speech to the forum, Shehab Hamad Bu Shehab, Director of Legal Affairs, Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, RTA, said, "Holding this forum is part of Dubai Government’s attention to autonomous vehicles, a key component of Dubai’s future strategies for smart transport. RTA is keen to push this drive and keep pace with the strategy of our leaders to increase the share of driverless transport means in people’s mobility to 25% by 2030. The forum shed light on the legal and legislative issues governing the operation of autonomous vehicles in Dubai."

At the forum, RTA’s legal experts focused on key topics such as the nature of autonomous vehicles and the corresponding legal situation, legislating autonomous vehicles, the future perspective of civil responsibility for accidents of autonomous vehicles, civil responsibility for losses of autonomous vehicles, and the criminal responsibility for losses caused by autonomous vehicles.

Each of these aspects was tackled in a detailed and extremely important legal overview that charts the map of integrating autonomous vehicles in smart mobility means in terms of legislation for operators, users and manufactures as well as the forms of responsibilities on the respective parties.

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