Dubai has launched a $5 million (AED18.4 million) global challenge to recognise companies and educational institutions that work in the field of self-driving technology.

The competition, announced by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), opens to participants on Tuesday.

The top prize is $3 million for large companies with $1.5 million for start-ups.

ARN spoke to Dr Adel Shakri, the RTA’s director of transport services.