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Dubai set to unveil first autonomous taxi at GITEX 2018

Driverless taxi will be run on dedicated routes at the Dubai Silicon Oasis

The RTA is demonstrating its new autonomous taxi at Gitex.
The RTA is demonstrating its new autonomous taxi at Gitex.

Dubai's transport authority is set to unveil the region's first autonomous taxi at GITEX 2018, the technology exhibition taking place in the emirate from Sunday.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the show will witness the launch of a host of smart initiatives and services including the test run of the driverless taxi.

Exhibits will also include Dubai Metro spare parts manufactured through 3D printing, the AI-based automated Chat Bot system, and robotic cleaners for Dubai Metro stations, he said in a statement.

The new initiatives are part of plans to transform Dubai into the smartest city worldwide, he said, adding that they will also contribute to the implementation of the Dubai Smart Self-Driving Mobility Strategy that aims to transform 25 percent of Dubai's total journeys into self-driving transit means by 2030.

The autonomous taxi has been designed in partnership with Dubai Silicon Oasis and DG World and will be run on dedicated routes at the Dubai Silicon Oasis.

It is equipped with cameras and sensors that fully view traffic and road conditions, controls the vehicle and avoids collision, said Al Tayer.