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Dubai set for autonomous taxis

Tesla model S

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is to buy 200 Tesla hybrid electric vehicles fitted with autonomous driving technologies.

It said that the new vehicles would add to the Dubai Taxi Corporation’s limousine fleet.

The new all-electric model S sedans and Model X SUVs will all have energy generation and storage products, Powerwall, Powerpack and a solar roof. They will also have “full self-driving capability” which Tesla said has a safety level greater than that of a human driver.

The autopilot function, it said, was designed as a hands-on experience giving drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increasing their safety on the road, and making highway driving more enjoyable by reducing the driver’s workload.

RTA director general Mattar Al Tayer said: “This agreement is to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city.

“It is also part of the Dubai smart autonomous mobility strategy aimed at transforming 25% of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys by 2030. The agreement also reflects RTA’s efforts towards providing driverless transportation solutions through undertaking technological tests of autonomous transit means.”




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