Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport is a series of trials and demonstrations, culminating in a congress, designed to showcase the impending transformative impacts of driving automation technology on our businesses and communities across a wide range of use cases—from first-/last-mile connectivity to delivery. By 2030, at least 25% of all trips in Dubai will be automated.

What types of trials and demonstrations will be part of the Challenge?
The Challenge is designed to cover first-/last-mile connection, marine services, delivery services, and innovation. The first use case of the Challenge in 2019 will focus on first-/last-mile connection, that is, taking people the last few miles to and from public transportation services, from parking lots of venues, and shuttle services in communities. The challenge will be divided into multiple categories of participants (i.e. leaders, start-ups, and academia). Participants will have the opportunity to showcase the endurance, reliability, safety, cybersecurity, environmental suitability, and consumer experience of their technologies.

Who is organizing the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The challenge is organized and hosted by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The RTA is the government agency responsible for all roads and public transportation in the Emirate of Dubai. Among other activities, the RTA operates the roads and highways, the busses, taxi, metro system, and ferries in Dubai. For more information, please visit www.rta.ae.

What are the objectives of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport provides a platform for partnership and innovation among global innovators, government, and end users. The Challenge is designed to demonstrate the best solutions to the most salient concerns related to safe and reliable automated driving—whether statutory, economic, or indeed technological.

Can you provide us with more details about the congress?
In parallel with the Challenge, RTA will host a congress in October 2019 where international experts, industry leaders, and innovators will come together to recognize the participants of the Challenge, highlight the outcomes, and announce the next steps. The congress will be held every two years to mark Dubai’s commitment to self-driving transport systems.

What advantages does Dubai offer to global leaders and innovators in driving automation technology?
Dubai offers global technology leaders and innovators its world-class transportation infrastructure, dynamic economy, and smart government with a committed vision and strategy for safe and reliable automated transportation. One example of these advantages is the Dubai Metro, which still holds the record for the world's longest automated driverless public transportation system.

I am an industry leader in automated driving systems. How can I participate in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport provides leaders, start–ups, and innovators in the industry to demonstrate endurance, reliability, safety, cybersecurity, environmental suitability, and consumer experience of their technologies in Dubai to a truly global audience. Participants who have completed the online early registration form on the website will be able to complete an expression of interest and may be shortlisted to the next stage. The first use case of this challenge is focused on first-/last-mile connection.

I am a technology innovator/start-up developing promising solutions for automated driving systems. How can I participate in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport provides innovators and startups with a truly global platform to meet investors, regulators, and other technology providers. Participants who have completed the online early registration form on the website will be able to complete an expression of interest and may be shortlisted to the next stage.
The first use case of this challenge is focused on first-/last-mile connection.

I am an OEM/automotive parts technology company/technology integrator. How can I participate in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport?
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your solutions to industry leaders, regulators, and end users/manufacturers. Participants who have completed the online early registration form on the website will be able to complete an expression of interest and may be shortlisted to the next stage.
The first use case of this challenge is focused on first-/last-mile connection.

What are the benefits of self-driving transport to Dubai?
Through the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, automated driving systems are expected to bring AED 22 billion in annual economic revenues in several sectors by reducing transportation costs, carbon emissions and accidents, and raising the productivity of individuals as well as saving hundreds of millions of hours wasted in conventional transportation. The strategy will help cut transportation costs by 44 per cent, resulting in savings of up to AED 900 million a year. It will also help save AED 1.5 billion a year by reducing environmental pollution by 12 per cent, as well as generate AED 18 billion in annual economic returns by increasing the efficiency of the transportation sector in Dubai. Traffic accidents and losses are expected to reduce by 12 per cent, which equivalent to savings of AED 2 billion annually, and the productivity of individuals is expected to increase 13 per cent. This will save 396 million hours on transportation trips yearly. It will also reduce the spaces allocated for parking.

How will RTA address safety and security for automated driving systems?
Safety is a top priority for Dubai and RTA. The RTA works with the leading technology providers to implement safety and risk management for all its projects.