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Emirates keen to develop autonomous support vehicles

Airline to take part in third cycle of the Dubai Future Accelerators programme

Emirates keen to develop autonomous support vehicles
Emirates said it is also aiming to extend its operational efficiency by 50%.

Emirates airline will be part of the third cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators programme as it seeks to implement new technology to keep ahead of its aviation rivals.

The world's largest international airline said it is participating in three challenges, including the development of a self-driving fleet for ground support operations at airports that operate 100% on solar and electric power.

Emirates said it is also aiming to extend its operational efficiency by 50% and wants to find a new system to train cabin crew quickly and efficiently using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

The third challenge seeks an integrated system to allow travellers to reserve cars and drivers, order meals on the plane, and shop in the duty-free areas smoothly and efficiently

The third cycle, to be held over nine weeks starting in October, will see government entities joining hands with the private sector to develop innovative solutions, and discuss ground-breaking ideas that integrate cutting-edge technologies.

The first two editions of the programme attracted more than 4,000 applications from the world's best companies. During the first cycle, 19 agreements were signed between government entities and innovative companies, while 28 agreements were inked in the second cycle.

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Accelerators, said: "Over the past two programs, we have enjoyed remarkable success in terms of the enthusiasm of participating government entities, and the sheer number of MoUs signed with pioneering companies.

"Today, as we open submissions for the third edition, we look forward to building on our earlier success."

During the third cycle of the program, participating government entities will include the Road and Transportations Authority which seeks to create a sustainable and integrated framework for autonomous transport legislation, testing, and operation, with a preference for clean and alternative fuel-based technology.

Dubai Police will also take part in the third cycle as it aims to reduce general crime rate by 50% and traffic related mortality rate to 2.5 per 100,000 citizens by 2021, through the use of advanced technologies.

Telecoms operator said it Du will explore new technologies that introduce an innovative customer loyalty system while rival Etisalat seeks to reduce digital risks in the UAE by 50% over the next five years.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority is also taking part with the aim of exploring technologies that allow school committees to self-regulate their operations and curriculum.

The third edition will also host the Humanitarian Accelerators which is a first of its kind initiative in the Arab World, connecting ambitious startups with the UAE's humanitarian sector to tackle social, cultural and environmental challenges in the region, using breakthrough technology and innovation.

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