Team shortlist31 Oct 2017 AT 01:15 PM

You will soon be able to take a driverless shuttle to The Dubai Mall

You can thank the RTA for that
Team shortlist31 Oct 2017 AT 01:15 PM
The Dubai Mall
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The Dubai Mall
Tesla X
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Tesla X

Thanks to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), getting to The Dubai Mall is about to get a lot easier and cooler!

The RTA has just announced its plans of transporting guests to and from The Dubai Mall and an underground parking lot on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard using a driverless shuttle service – awesome!

For the trial phase of the initiative, the fully autonomous vehicles, that have the ability to comfortably seat up to six or seven passengers, will run along a 550 metre corridor that will have three intersections.

Speaking on the news, RTA’s Executive Director of Traffic Hussain Al Banna said: “As a city, we are leading in the use of artificial intelligence in the transport sector.

“We already have a driverless metro operating for so many years. We also have a smart traffic light system Scoot, which will be interacting with autonomous vehicles on a trial that we will be conducting on Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard.”

While the project’s exact launch date is not yet known, RTA officials have revealed that it will be up and running sometime next year.

Until then, we’ll just have to settle for other driverless means of transport such as the Dubai Metro and or buy either Tesla’s Model X or S vehicles…

If you’d rather not buy for the eco-friendly car, you still ride in one. Just last month Uber announced that it will be in charge of the RTA’s Tesla X fleet. You can book your ride now, using the city’s exclusive UberOne service.

To help you get more acquainted with your brand new ride – we won’t tell anyone that it’s not actually yours – here’s what you need to know about the Tesla X.

  • The Tesla Sedan X has been described as the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle on the road.
  • It can go from a speed of 0kph to 100kph in just 3.1 seconds and can seat seven. It also has the largest all-glass panoramic windshield in production.
  • A single model costs a cool AED344,000.

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