Gitex Global: Driverless Dubai taxis will be cheaper than limousine services

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai on Monday said the new driverless taxi that will be operational in the emirate by the end of next year will be priced more economical than any other limousine service.

The announcement came on the sidelines of the Gitex Global show in Dubai.

RTA, which has tied up with Cruise to build UAE’s first driverless taxi on the Chevrolet Bolt electric platform, will be commercially in service by ending 2023. “Currently it is in the testing phase,” said Khalid Al Awadhi, director of Transportation Systems, Public Transport Authority, RTA.

“We have recently completed an initial phase of preparing digital maps of Jumeirah area for the Cruise’s self-driving vehicles,” added Awadhi.

“By 2023 Dubai will commercially operate the Cruise self-driving vehicles. Prices for the driverless taxi will be more economical than the limousine services in Dubai. By 2030, there will be 4,000 vehicles in service,” he added.

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