Safety and Infrastructure, two main concerns for self-driving cars in Dubai

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According to an informal audience survey, safety and infrastructure are the two main concerns in relation to self-driving transport, held on Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport.

The visitors and participants were asked to vote by dropping a ball in each container labeled which concerns them the most with autonomous vehicles, this was organized by Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Among the four choices, which are technology, safety, infrastructure, and legislation, safety and infrastructure are on an even highest rate that concerns residents.

“There is still a lot of education to inform the public about AV safety. Maybe you are driving a self-driving car but the driver behind or beside you is not, and he/she is not aware of it and bumps into you and that will cause an accident,” Pakistani expat, Ahmed Khalil said.

Meanwhile, an Indian expat was concerned about infrastructure and said “Safety will follow once the infrastructure such as dedicated lanes, special roads are wireless technology are in place.”

On the other hand, issues regarding the self-driving cars will be discussed at The Dubai World Congress hosted by RTA. Moreover, companies and universities will help in developing a safe and sustainable self-driving car in the country.

Director-general and chairman of the board of executive director of the RTA, Matar Al Tayer, said that “Hosting the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport and the accompanying exhibition, for the first time in the Middle East, is part of RTA’s efforts to support the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy unleashed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to make 25% of all trips in Dubai smart and driverless by 2030. It also enhances the leading role of Dubai in the self-driving transport field.”