Around 4,000 self-driving taxis are expected to be deployed across Dubai in the next 4-5 years, says RTA authorities
14 February 2022| Last updated on 14 February 2022
Image credit: Cruise
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.
Pictured: A driverless vehicle being tested by the RTA in Dubai (Image credit: RTA).
Abu Dhabi trialed a self-driving car service last year, with a fleet composed entirely of hybrid and electric cars.