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Dubai strikes agreement to explore use of autonomous aerial vehicles

Agreement between Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Air Navigation Services aims to step up cooperation in examining all aspects of the use of AAVs.

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MoU is part of RTA’s efforts to support the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy
MoU is part of RTA’s efforts to support the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is exploring the use of autonomous aerial vehicles (AAV).

 

It has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Air Navigation Services (Dans) to exchange expertise with government and semi-government entities sharing common objectives.

 

Stepping up cooperation

 

The agreement aims to step up cooperation in examining the laws that relate to AAVs, enable both sides to participate in specialist workshops held by either party and coordinate efforts in research and development and innovation in relevant fields.

 

“The MoU also calls for charting out air corridors for air vehicles and stepping up the safety and security of aerial transport within the geographical perimeters of Dubai through using advanced technologies,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency and head of the autonomous air vehicle project team, RTA.

 

He continued: “The two parties pledged to facilitate the procedures and share information about specialist and advanced firms, test programmes, and the specifications of take-off and landing sites for autonomous air vehicles among others.”

 

The MoU is part of RTA’s efforts to support the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25 per cent of total mobility trips in Dubai into autonomous trips by 2030.

“The MoU also calls for charting out air corridors for air vehicles and stepping up the safety and security of aerial transport within the geographical perimeters of Dubai through using advanced technologies”

It also fits with its aim to enhance the integration of mass transit means and “add happiness” to people’s lives through the deployment of smooth, fast and innovate transit means (One of the aims of Dubai’s Smart City programme is to help it become the “happiest city on earth”).


“We are thrilled to partner with RTA and look forward to supporting the strategic drive of our leaders in the fields of smart mobility and autonomous vehicles,” added Ibrahim Ahli, deputy CEO at Dubai Air Navigation Services. “Through sighing this MoU with RTA, a leading regional and global entity in this regard, Dans will harness its resources and expertise to serve Dubai’s future strategy in the field of smart air transport.”


Ahli continued: “Dans has an innovative culture supported by a team of top air navigation experts; which assures the realisation of our common objectives with RTA. Autonomous air vehicles are a key component of the vision of the UAE and Dubai and engaging in this cooperation will bolster their ability to anticipate the future requirements worldwide.”

 

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