Dubai, which is already considered a smart city and has the tallest buildings in the world, wants a quarter of its cars to be driverless by 2030.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai announced this big plan yesterday. According to the ruler, this will reduce the operating costs , the pollution and the car accidents. In addition, it will save people millions of hours that waste in travelling and the productivity of people will be increased.
The project of driverless and smart cars, namedDubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy will be a joint venture by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Future Foundation.It is part of Dubai’s strategy to become the smartest city in the world.
The announcement of this big project came after the announcement of 10 driverless vehicles which will be presented in during the three-day Mena Congress of International Union of Public Transport (UITP). The city expects through this strategy to have economic revenues and savings up to Dh22 billion a year, as Sheikh Mohammed stated. The strategy focuses on four pillars: technology, individuals, policies and legislations and infrastructure.
Dubai has already driverless metro but also it has many taxi companies where the majority of the drivers are foreigners. The big question is what will happen with them when the driverless cars will replace them? It seems that Dubai has already built a model of a futuristic city and we are going to see the pros and cons of this project soon!