Au­ton­o­mous Cars: The Fu­ture is Here

Arabnet - The Quarterly - - Content - By Ni­cholas El Bizri | @nl­blb

Ever since the in­tro­duc­tion of com­mer­cial cars, the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has con­tin­u­ously in­no­vated safer, “greener” and more af­ford­able ve­hi­cles - but tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments have been in­cre­men­tal. In re­cent years, how­ever, the in­dus­try has un­der­gone sub­stan­tial change with the rise of au­ton­o­mous technology. Ma­jor au­tomak­ers have been in­vest­ing heav­ily in R&D and pre­dict that within 5 – 10 years, full-scale au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles (AVS) will be roam­ing the streets in the form of per­sonal and pub­lic trans­porta­tion. It is im­por­tant to note, though, that gov­ern­men­tal sup­port is re­quired in mak­ing this feat pos­si­ble. One of the most sup­port­ive coun­tries has been none other than Dubai, launch­ing the Dubai Au­ton­o­mous Trans­porta­tion Strat­egy for Dubai’s fu­ture au­ton­o­mous trans­porta­tion. The project’s goal is to trans­form 25% of Dubai’s trans­porta­tion to au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles by 2030, in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity by re­duc­ing travel time and de­crease road ac­ci­dents sig­nif­i­cantly. It is this type of sup­port that mo­ti­vates au­tomak­ers to in­vest in AV technology.

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