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Emirates News Agency – Dubai Roads and Cruise operates two Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to prepare digital maps

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Al Tayer: The first phase covers the streets of the Jumeirah area, which is an important step in preparation for the operation of self-driving taxis.

Dubai is the first in the world outside the United States to operate cruise company self-driving taxis.

DUBAI, July 24, WAM / In implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, to proceed with the implementation of the partnership agreement signed between the Roads and Transport Authority and Cruise, to operate the company’s self-driving vehicles to provide taxi services. And the online reservation service in Dubai, “Cruise”, today starts operating two Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, to prepare digital maps for the cruise line’s self-driving vehicles, in preparation for the actual launch of the service in 2023, to make Dubai the first city ​​in the world outside the United States in the commercial operation of vehicles Self-driving business.

The two electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles will be operated in the first phase on the streets of the Jumeirah area under the supervision of specialist drivers, and the cruise technology uses high-resolution maps of the surrounding environment, created using specialist mapping vehicles, equipped with a set of sensors that includes light detection and ranging, cameras and other equipment. These vehicles will be driven across the city to collect data, which is then used to create and maintain a navigable map of autonomous vehicles.

Cruze, a self-driving vehicle subsidiary majority-owned by General Motors, shares the same vision with General Motors that self-driving vehicles contribute to a safe and less crowded future for everyone, bringing enormous benefits to society in the form of increased transportation safety. and facilitate access to it, and these efforts would clearly contribute to strengthening General Motors’ vision of zero traffic accidents, zero CO2 emissions and zero traffic congestion.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, said that the phase of preparing the digital maps is an important step in the process of operating the “Origin” self-driving. car, which will start next year with a limited number, to provide taxi service and electronic reservation service, and it will double. The number will gradually reach 4,000 vehicles in 2030.

His Excellency emphasized that this initiative contributes to strengthening Dubai’s leadership in self-driving transport and is an important step in achieving Dubai’s smart self-driving transport strategy, which aims to convert 25% of total mobility trips in Dubai. for self-driving trips through various means of transport before the year 2030.

He added: The operation of self-driving taxis contributes to achieving integration between transportation and transportation systems by facilitating the transportation of mass transit passengers, in addition to facilitating their arrival at their final destinations in accordance with the specialized strategy of the first and last mile approved by the authority last year for the first or last part From the journey leading to or from the nearest group transport, and is divided into two parts, group and individual.

He pointed out that the spread of self-driving vehicles will represent a qualitative leap in transport and communication systems and provide innovative solutions for mobility, reduce congestion in the city and raise the level of traffic safety on roads where human error is the main cause of more than 90% of the accidents and they are characterized by being electric vehicles, environmentally friendly and able to serve a large segment of customers, especially senior citizens, residents and determined people.

It is worth noting that in April 2021, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with Cruise Company, which is backed by General Motors, to operate self-driving cruise vehicles to provide taxi services and an electronic booking service, as part of the authority’s efforts to strengthen Dubai World’s leadership in self-driving transportation.Support the emirate’s efforts to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

The agreement is the first of its kind in the world between a government agency and a leading company in self-driving transport and represents an important step in achieving Dubai’s smart self-driving transport strategy, which aims to convert 25% of total mobility tours in Dubai for self-driving tours through various means of transport. before 2030.

The selection of Cruze as the exclusive supplier of autonomous vehicles came after an extensive, year-long process of selecting the best possible partner. Safe launch, faster than any other company.

WM/Mohamed Jaballah/Mustafa Badr El-Din

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