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April-June 2017

Airborne cars to transform Dubai’s public transportation

As Dubai continues its smart city transformation journey, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has revealed plans to unveil passenger-flying cars are in the final stages, with the initiative expected to launch in July 2017. According to the RTA, the strategy to make airborne passenger drones available to the public in summer is part of a broader vision to transform Dubai into a global driverless mobility leader by 2030. Speaking at the World Government Summit 2017, Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of the RTA, said: “Autonomous mobility has become a fait accompli, and is continuously evolving. This technology has been tested in several places, including Dubai, Singapore and the US. Unlike other cities and countries, where driverless mobility has been a private sector-led initiative, Dubai is leading the transition to driverless mobility in the city and plans to take a leading position worldwide in the next 13 years. “The RTA has successfully trialled the autonomous aerial vehicle [AAV], a ...

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