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Driverless Taxis in Dubai: RTA Trials to Begin by the End of 2022

Around 4,000 self-driving taxis are expected to be deployed across Dubai in the next 4-5 years, says RTA authorities

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14 February 2022

Last updated on 14 February 2022
Everything to know about the UAE's self-driving taxis

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1 in 20 Dubai taxis may be driverless by 2023.

Like something straight out of a sci-fi film, UAE residents and visitors will soon be able to hop on driverless taxis in Dubai to their next destination, with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirming that the self-driving taxi and e-Hail services will officially begin rolling out next year.

Trials of the driverless taxi service are expected to begin by the end of 2022.

The RTA is working with US company Cruise to offer the service in limited numbers by 2022, and gradually expand "to reach 4,000 vehicles by 2030".

"Human errors are responsible for more than 90 per cent of accidents," said Mattar Al Tayer, Director General of the RTA.

"Autonomous vehicles are environmentally-friendly electric vehicles and can serve considerable numbers of customers, particularly senior citizens, residents and people of determination," he added.

RTA driverless taxi news

Pictured: A driverless vehicle being tested by the RTA in Dubai (Image credit: RTA).

Where will the driverless taxis be available in Dubai?

The routes for the self-driving taxis hasn't been revealed yet.

How much will the driverless taxi service cost?

The expected cost for passengers hasn't been revealed yet.

Mr. Al Tayer said that a "limited number" of the self-driving taxis will be available for use in 2023. Regular driven taxis will still be available for passengers to use.

Abu Dhabi trialed a self-driving car service last year, with a fleet composed entirely of hybrid and electric cars.