This metropolis is no stranger to unsurpassed degrees. The highest building in the world. The largest fake peninsula. The largest commercial center. Dubai is now believed to be the world’s first driverless metropolis.
According to the government’s “Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy,” it aims to convert 25 percent of the megacity’s shared traffic to self-sufficiency by 2030.
Images of flying bikes, crewless taxis, and automated buses all aim to paint Dubai as the megalopolis of the coming galactic era. Or at least that’s the marketing itself, but experts say Dubai still has a long way to go.
“It’s going to be pretty hard to do that without a lot of fresh investment,” says Steven Schladover, a longtime auto-driving researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
“They already have an automatic subway system, but it works at perfect capacity during peak periods, so it would be important to expand its capacity and reach to serve more passengers.”
This would still require a gift network to get passengers to and from the stations because of the heavy hovering in the summer.
The invention of fresh probabilities in Dubai
In real-time, the sheer scale and logistics are not discouraging firms, and some of them are already busy investing in Dubai’s future.
In January, the luxury brand W Motors established a $100 million auto hub in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis to make driverless cars, among other models.
Ralph R. Debbas, founder and CEO of W Motors, added: “Today is a momentous day for W Motors, and it prepares us for a big step closer to the significant development of the auto industry in the arena – and, in particular, consistent with Dubai’s vision to be a major innovation favorite.”
Flying bikes, automated helicopters
ION, a neighborhood stalwart, and wise transportation firm, not long ago signed a partnership agreement with French AV group Navya to operate and maintain its own electric and autonomous shuttles. And the Russian company Hoversurf is said to be teaching police bikes that soar through the air and have every chance of working as first responders.
This is in addition to Dubai’s intentions for automatic helicopters. Experts talk that these intentions are not entirely imaginary.
“Helicopters are already being used in a lot of states by first responders in emergencies, such as proper that it’s a hardened technology,” Schladover talks. But that raises specific concerns.
“It is more difficult in spaces with high population density, where there may not be a good gap between the buildings,” he says. “But buildings have a chance to be equipped with helipads on the roofs, as they already are in many large cities around the world. I’m talking about 10s, if NOT Hundreds of Thousands of Helicopters.”
In 2019, Finland’s Sensible 4 was awarded a $1 million prize by the Dubai government as part of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. The challenge focused on 1 and the last mile of travel mobility. Sixty-five organizations from 20 countries participated. 15 of them were held at the end.
Sensible 4 marketing director Fredrik Forsell tells us, “Dubai invites remarkable opportunities for independent technology firms like us. By 2030, a quarter of their vehicles will be chauffeured. For a metropolis of 4-5 million people, we’re talking about 10s, if not hundreds of thousands, of crewless vehicles.
“All of these modes of transportation need a reliable system that can overcome the harsh criteria of the environment around it and the extreme weather criteria of Dubai. And I believe we’re pretty well-positioned on this issue because of our interest in formidable weather and limited sensor visibility.”
He adds: “This merit counts as confirmation of the fact that we can overcome the problematic criteria in Dubai. It has opened up many fresh opportunities, and we are working on getting our GACHA self-drive shuttle there as quickly as possible.
The Failure to Secure Avs
Consultancy firm KPMG, which publishes the annual Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index (AVRI), talks about how the quality of roads and positive customer perception of autonomous vehicles increase Dubai’s chances of achieving its own goals.
But the government is taking on safety concerns. And that has the potential to be a challenge, says Schladover: “100% security will never be achievable.”
He adds: “I think the proper aspect for comparison is that it has to be at least as harmless as a seasoned human driver (not just a young driver). This will be a tremendous technological challenge because none of the prototypes of automatic vehicles have yet achieved such a security value.
The best method to overcome this problem, he says, is to first use automatic vehicles in protected environments, where there is not enough chance to interact with erratic pedestrians or drivers.
Fredrik Forsell of Sensible 4 invites more pink monitoring: “Dubai has a beautiful business-friendly climate, and at the same time, it is a promising space with a focus on intelligent, sustainable technology. I believe this makes it one of the best spaces in real-time for self-managed firms.