13 August 2017
Dubai is currently working on a series of rules and requirements for self-driving cars, Gulf News reported on Saturday.
The latest news further demonstrates the emirate’s desire to implement driverless vehicles. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) had announced in June it will start trials of autonomous air taxis - or flying passenger drones - in the fourth quarter of this year.
The government had announced in February that one in four trips in Dubai will be driverless by year 2030
. Last year, 8.8 per cent of road trips in Dubai were made on the driverless Dubai Metro, according to a Gulf News report published in February. The RTA
expects that number to climb to 12.2 percent by 2030.
The RTA also agreed to buy 200 electric vehicles from Elon Musk’s Tesla company in February, which will be fit to be used as driverless cars.