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25% of all transportation in Dubai will be smart and driverless by 2030: Mohammad Bin Rashid

Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to twitter on Monday to talk about the launch of a new strategy that would see smart driverless vehicles take over the roads of Dubai.

Driverless vehicle may cover last mile

On his personal twitter account, Shaikh Mohammad said that by 2030, 25 percent of all transportation trips in Dubai will be smart and driverless, which comes as part of Dubai's strategy to become the smartest city in the world and achieve a sustainable economy in the UAE.

The tweets came following the announcement of a 10-seater driverless vehicle which is now on trial during the three-day Mena Congress of International Union of Public Transport (UITP) that began on Monday.

This is the first time an autonomous vehicle is on a trial run in Dubai on a pre-programmed route. 

He later said that when implemented, the strategy will reduce transportation costs by 44 percent or Dh900 million, saving Dh1.5 billion through reduction of environmental pollution, and Dh18 billion through raising the efficiency of the transport sector by 20 percent.

It will increase the productivity of individuals by 13 percent and save people up to 396 million hours wasted during travel on roads yearly. He indicated that the strategy will also contribute to reducing road accidents, and their associated economic losses, by 12 percent, saving Dh2 billion a year.

The project, he said, will be a joint venture between the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Future Foundation, the strategy focuses on four pillars: individuals, technology, policies and legislations and infrastructure.