Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport opens

Registration open for $5m competition to find solutions to transport challenges

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 3, 2018

Registration has opened for the $5m Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.

The Challenge, which is being organised by Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority, aims to find ideas to address three transport challenges across four use cases. Registration is available at

The competition, which was announced at Los Angeles' LA CoMotion Congress last year, is being held in in collaboration with Khalifa University and NewCities International Organisation.

The competition is open to companies already operating in the sector, startups and universities, with cash awards for each sector. Competitors will address three areas - transporting people, transporting cargo and transport innovation - with a focus on four use cases - last mile, marine, delivery services and innovation again.

The competition will run throughout 2018 and 2019, with the winners to be announced in October 2019.

Adel Shakeri, Director of Transportation Systems and Head of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Committee, said, "Launching the ‘Challenge' is part of RTA's efforts to support the leading role of Dubai in Self-Driving Transport and its commitment to realise the Government's vision for transforming 25% of total mobility trips in Dubai into driverless trips by 2030. This initiative will bring together prominent experts, specialists, policymakers, technology drivers, researchers and academicians.

"The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport targets big companies, start-ups, local and international universities. About $3 million has been allocated to mega companies, $1.5m for start-ups, and $600,000 for universities and academic institutions ($300,000 each for local universities, and international universities). The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport has become a key pillar of RTA's strategy and hence launching a host of such innovative initiatives can make driverless mobility a reality on ground," added Shakeri.

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