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Latest autonomous vehicles to be showcased at Abu Dhabi expo

DUBAI, May 17, 2016

Driverless commercial/passenger vehicles, autonomous cars, hybrid and electric cars, immersive experiences such as hyperloop transportation, plus the latest in smart tap and pay bicycles will be showcased at Natrans Expo in Abu Dhabi, UAE, later this year.  

The event will be held from October 25 to 26, in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), under the patronage of Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuami, Minister of Infrastructure Development, and chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime.

The significance of the event follows the recent buzz made after an announcement that 25 per cent of all transportation in Dubai will be smart and driverless by 2030, as part of the country’s strategy to become the smartest city in the world and achieve a sustainable economy in the UAE.

HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Twitter last month the launch of a new strategy that would see smart driverless vehicles take over the roads of Dubai.

The new strategy will contribute to increasing the efficiency of the transport sector and reducing congestion and pollution.

It also aims to save people millions of hours wasted during travel and increase the productivity of individuals.

Additionally, it will reduce transportation costs by 44 per cent or Dh900 million ($245 million), saving Dh1.5 billion ($408 million) through reduction of environmental pollution, and Dh18 billion ($4.9 billion) through raising efficiency of the transport sector by 20 per cent.

Natrans Expo is developed in partnership with the UAE Federal Transport Authority and aims to be the GCCs leading future transport technology and ITS trade show. The event will showcase the most advanced technologies across a wide range of applications in today’s smart cities; from road and traffic, smart parking solutions, automatic incident and real time traffic telemetry, signals, nationwide interoperable ETC systems, metro and rail infrastructure projects, maritime and ports, security solutions to green city buses and autonomous vehicles.

Dr Abdullah Alkathiri, director general of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, said: "The UAE is always attracting the latest trends and discoveries in numerous aspects of the transportation technology that will bolster the UAE's initiatives to advance its society in various sectors."

"We look forward to the participation of hundreds of high-level experts and specialists in the transport and smart cities sectors from all over the world at the second edition of the expo,” he said.

In line with its mission to regulate, plan and develop an efficient and well-integrated transport system that serves the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivering safe, secure and environmentally responsible aviation, maritime, public transport and highway sectors, the Department of Transport and Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi has compiled a number of Surface Transport Master Plans (STMPs) that cover various modes of transport in different areas within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Alex Heuff, exhibition director, said: “The outlook for the transportation sector in the UAE is positive, driven by government investment programs like Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi’s ‘Surface Transport Master Plan’ (STMP) which aims at improving the country’s strategic infrastructure.”

“Investments in Abu Dhabi are in line with Abu Dhabi’s STMP, while investments in the transportation sector in Dubai are mainly driven by the Expo 2020. Rail and road sectors account for more than 85 per cent of the planned projects,” he said.

“This ambitious infrastructure investment plan includes 386 projects to be completed in a five-year period (2015-2020), including highways, junctions, bridges, ports, railways, airports and roads,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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