Dubai to test first self-driv­ing taxi dur­ing tech event

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Dubai’s first self-driv­ing taxi cab will make a test run dur­ing Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week, the emi­rate’s Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity said yes­ter­day.

Mat­tar Al Tayer, the di­rec­tor gen­eral and chair­man of the board of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors at the au­thor­ity, said that the au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle would be tested on routes at Dubai Sil­i­con Oa­sis.

The taxi is equipped with cam­eras and sen­sors that an­a­lyse traf­fic and road con­di­tions.

These in­form the ve­hi­cle’s move­ment and help it to avoid col­li­sions.

Dubai wants 25 per cent of all jour­neys to be made in self-driv­ing cars by 2030.

To­day the au­thor­ity also plans to un­veil ro­bot clean­ers that will op­er­ate at sta­tions on the Dubai Metro sys­tem.

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