Dubai Makes History with Transport Technology

In recent times, Dubai has become the home for culturing new and innovative transport technologies of the world. The city has witnessed the testing of several transport technologies ranging from super fast vehicles, air taxies, and autonomous drones which have emerged in response to road traffic and rampant accidents. Hyperloop One, an idea originated by Elon Musk is one of such technologies that seek to build advanced trains using magnetic levitation and vacuum-sealed tubes. Another is the Smart Autonomous Vehicle EZ10, a programmed minibus that runs on electricity and has sensors installed to react to its surroundings. The EZ10 has been tested on the grounds of Dubai and had about 92% endorsement by the public. With full support from the top governing body of Dubai, the continues effort to revolutionize the transport area is unending. The drone taxi (Volocopter) has been tested in collaboration with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA). The flying taxi which could help the Dubai police respond to situations in seconds contains an emergency parachute for onboard personnel and has been designed with a speed of 30mph.

The Scorpion hoverbike is also a flying bike designed by a tech start-up in Russia and tested in Dubai. With a traveling speed of 124mph, the Scorpion is tipped to be the vehicle that provides the fastest response method to the city police. According to the CNN, many people see Dubai as the model city for future living and this comes as a response to the increasing number of car owners and the associated traffic congestion.

Al Awadhi, director of automated collection systems at the Road and Transport Authority says the dream is to build an autonomous society in an eco-friendly way to reduce accidents and traffic on the roads. He added that although flying car technology is on the whole untested, involving the private companies can make it possible for Dubai. The RTA is aware that these technologies will come with other challenges hence it has a large building that is connected to the several CCTV cameras all over the city to help them manage road accidents and crises. Georges Aoude, the CEO of Derq, a Dubai-based MIT software company also indicated they are using artificial intelligence and vehicle to vehicle technology to notify drivers of hazards in the new Dubai of autonomous cars and flying drones.