Dubai Municipality launches a project to design digital maps for autonomous vehicles

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The Dubai Municipality has launched a digital mapping project for the city. The project was launched by Dubai Municipality’s Geographic Information Center (GIS).

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The project will be used to design ‘highly precise’ maps for autonomous vehicles. This initiative is taken to support Dubai’s self driving transport strategy. Highly precise maps will be required for driverless vehicles to navigate the streets.

The maps will be utilized by businesses offering solutions for autonomous vehicles. These are expected to carry most of Dubai’s transportation in the future.

As quoted by Khaleej Times, the Dubai municipality shared a photo that shows a 4WD equipped with cameras. These cameras will be used to design the digital maps. The Dubai municipality said the maps would be designed as per the best standards and international practices.

By the year 2030, Dubai has put forward a smart self-driving transport strategy that aims on converting 25 percent of all journeys into driverless ones.

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai had announced plans to start trials of e-Hail services and driverless vehicles by the end of this year.

The RTA posted on their social media a short clip and wrote, “Self driving taxis are qualitative addition to the fleet of taxis provided by #RTA, the smart mobility partner at #WorlsGovSummit 2022, and will start operating at the end of 2023 to make #Dubai the world’s first city in smart and sustainable mobility.”

UAE has ranked among the top cities for the readiness to accommodate driverless vehicles by Global Consultancy KPMG.

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