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Would You Take A Ride In Dubai’s Driverless Bus?

Dubai has launched a driverless ten-seater minibus service on a trial basis for a month

Image shows Dubai’s driverless vehicle.

We’ve all heard about Google’s driverless cars and others in that category but Dubai’s driverless bus services is the trendiest of all daily transportation systems. The futuristic Gulf-state launched this service for a month-long trial.

After the first phase, Dubai hopes to expand the electric vehicles across its states.

According to AFP, the 10-seat vehicle made its first trip on Thursday along a 700-metre (2,300-foot) stretch of road in downtown Dubai, near to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.

Developed jointly by French group Easy Mile and Dubai-based Omnix, the minibus is powered by an electric motor and can hit speeds of 40 kilometres per hour (25 miles per hour).

But, thanks to cutting-edge guidance technology, its developers say the bus can adapt its speed to the surrounding environment and even come to a complete halt if a pedestrian were to cross its path.

Image shows Dubai’s driverless vehicle.

“It can be programmed to navigate between Dubai’s main tourist attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera and the Souk al-Bahar shopping centre,” the emirate’s Road Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement.

“Thursday’s test run was the first and very important stage in our efforts to introduce this type of vehicle into Dubai’s transport network,” RTA official Ahmed Bahrozyan told media.

Mattar al-Tayer, the RTA’s director general, said it aimed to have a quarter of all Dubai transport automated by 2030. Dubai is a leading tourist destination in the Gulf, attracting 14.2 million visitors in 2015.

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