Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority department has endorsed standards of testing for electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles that it says will ensure it is “pioneering” in the field.
The National reports that the Emirate’s transport government body says autonomous vehicles will be a “fixture” on the city’s roads in the “near future” – though it says it is still not known when the driverless fleet will be rolled out for public use.
“RTA has endorsed the testing standards of electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles in line with the best standards applied in leading countries in this regard worldwide,” the National quotes Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, chief executive of RTA’s Licensing Agency.
It adds that the RTA has held 66 workshops with vehicle manufacturers, approved testing centres in Dubai and consultancy companies in the UAE to review and discuss the new standards.
“For self-driving vehicles, the technical testing standards and related technologies will ensure the primacy and pioneering role of Dubai in this class of vehicles,” added Mr Al Ali.