HERE Technologies has announced a project aimed at enabling Dubai to get closer to its ambition of having 25% of public transport self-driving by 2030.
HERE says it is aiming to map the city with high definition technology for the very first time – layers of data from across the city will be collated and analysed by HERE, from environmental data, through to car positioning and congestion. The company says the core purpose is to increase the quality of life for people in Dubai and prepare for a fully Autonomous World.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has signed a memorandum of understanding with HERE on a long-term technology collaboration, in line with Dubai’s Smart City strategy and it’s self-driving transport roadmap. This partnership looks to utilise new map and location technology to support the deployment of self-driving vehicles at EXPO 2020, which Dubai will be hosting.
The focal points of this collaboration includes, deploying newly available location technologies in the development of a data infrastructure to support safe, sustainable and efficient autonomous transportation, conducting a number of pilots aimed at enabling HD Live Map, HERE’s map for autonomous cars for public service vehicles operating in Dubai and utilising the HERE Open Location Platform (OLP) as a system to intelligently connect vehicles with each other as well as the road infrastructure, such as traffic lights and sensors on roadways and sidewalks.