|09 December, 2019

UAE to soon have 5G-enabled self-driving cars?

Country is testing deployment of vehicles that run on 5G network

Image used for illustrative purpose.

Image used for illustrative purpose.

Driverless vehicles that will be deployed on the streets of the UAE may operate on 5G technology and improve the way people travel.

The UAE is testing the viability of 5G-enabled autonomous transportation to address traffic problems and provide more efficient service to the public, a top UAE official said on Sunday.

The use of 5G technology will also be extended to other sectors, including health and education.

"We will expand 5G network to important sectors, such as transport, health and education. As per this policy, 5G network was provided in a place away from the city in Dubai for testing driverless vehicles," state news agency WAM quoted Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general of the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), as saying.

The deployment of self-driving cars is part of a government strategy to make Dubai a world leader in  autonomous transport.

Part of the plan is to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030, involving five million daily trips and saving 22 billion dirhams in annual economic costs in the process.

The use of 5G technology can make self-driving vehicles run more efficiently. It can enable cars to communicate wirelessly with one another, as well as with other traffic infrastructure, including road signals.

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

(seban.scaria@refinitiv.com)

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