‘Robot cars’ wait for green light as Dubai studies test drive

By Ben Flanagan | Al Arabiya News

Dubai is considering tests of ‘robot’ or driverless cars on its busy highways, the local transport agency said, after a Google executive told Al Arabiya News he would “love” to bring the technology to the emirate.

So-called driverless cars navigate traffic and road signals automatically, using special sensors like radar, GPS and computer vision.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) says it is considering whether to allow tests of the robot cars, and how they may perform given the current road network and conditions.

“The RTA is currently studying the feasibility of testing the driverless cars with reference to the current traffic system, its adaptability to the technology and several other factors,” Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, the chief executive for strategy and corporate governance at the RTA, told Al Arabiya News.

Younes did not give any timeframe for possible tests, when asked about the legality of using driverless cars on the streets of Dubai.

Several major car manufacturers including GM, Ford and Volkswagen are testing driverless car systems. But one of the best-known projects is by the internet giant Google, which has been conducting tests of its autonomous vehicles for several years. More info

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