About the Challenge About the Challenge

The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport is a catalyst to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: 25% of all trips in Dubai to be smart and driverless by 2030.

First-/last-mile connection will be the first use case addressed. The application, evaluation and challenge process will start in 2018 and runs through October 2019.

Hosted by the Dubai - Roads and Transport Authority, this multi-year international challenge is designed for industry leaders, start-ups, and academia tackling the transport challenges faced by global cities. It is the first of its kind to be truly global in its outlook, not being limited by country or region.

The Challenge will invite technology leaders and innovators to Dubai to access world-class infrastructure, and showcase technology that addresses three transport needs

  • Transporting People
  • Transporting Goods
  • Transporting Innovation

The Challenge will address four use cases

  • First-/Last-Mile Connection
  • Marine
  • Delivery Services
  • Technology Innovation
Objective of the ChallengeObjective of the Challenge

The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport is designed to catalyse innovation in self-driving technology through five objectives

Advance self-driving technology in support of Dubai's vision and strategy for smart mobility

Allow self-driving transport technology developers to showcase their advancements to global partners and investors

Deliver experience and develop knowledge that could be leveraged in developing the SDT driving automation market in Dubai and other global smart cities

Encourage first/last mile solutions to support public transport network and provide additional multi-model transport options

Set a legacy that will ensure continuity in future technical development, public awareness, and policy development

First-/Last-Mile Connection First-/Last-Mile Connection

The focus of the first use case is transporting people in the first-/last-mile connection from public transport, from parking lots to venues, and within communities..

Participants will be able to submit applications early in 2018 and the testing and challenge will take place in Dubai in 2019.

  • Self-driving vehicles connecting origins/destinations to public transport
  • Self-driving vehicles connecting off-site parking lots to venue entrances
  • Self-driving vehicles transporting people around a certain location/development
Participation Eligibility Participation Eligibility

The Challenge use case 1 is open to all players involved in self-driving transport providing first-/last-mile solutions. However, the finalists will have to offer a fully integrated solution which may require forming consortia with other partners.

Participants are expected to meet the following characteristics

Leaders

  • Previous road testing of more than 20,000 km
  • First-/last- mile fully integrated solution (that is, a vehicle and the ADS hardware and software that are collectively capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task on a sustained basis)
  • Operate in mixed traffic conditions
  • Adaptive cybersecurity solution

Start-ups

  • First-/last-mile partial solution or fully integrated solution (that is, a vehicle and the ADS hardware and software that are collectively capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task on a sustained basis)
  • Basic navigation in controlled environments

Academia – UAE Based

  • UAE based university or research institute with high level of research and development in areas of self-driving vehicles
  • Full/small scale working prototypes or original/nascent concepts or simulations

Academia – International

  • International university or research institute with high level of research and development in areas of self-driving vehicles
  • Full/small scale working prototypes

Timeline

Challenge Application Opens1 May 2018
Intent Form Submission Deadline1 June 2018
Challenge Briefing Live Webinar20 June 2018
Challenge Application Closes1 August 2018
Finalists AnnouncementOctober 2018
Finalists Mobilization February 2019
Showcase and AwardsOctober 2019
Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be shortlisted following a stage gate approach, against a range of evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria will include, but not be limited to the following

Basic eligibility—status and credibility of entity, vision, and relevant skills and experience

Technical capability and experience—vehicle build, resilience and redundancy, battery technology, command and control system

Business and commercial strength—interoperability, added value, quality of proposal and delivery, links to Dubai and UAE

Operation and Service—innovative solutions, operational method and limits, service capacity, hours of operation

Test Types

The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport is designed for a range of participants which will be categorized into, industry leaders, start-ups, and academia.

  • Endurance & Reliability
  • Ability to drive in simulated traffic conditions
  • Energy Efficiency & Environmental Suitability
  • Safety & Cybersecurity
  • Consumer Experience
Challenge Awards Challenge Awards

Awards for Challenge Use Case 1: First-/Last-Mile Connection

Industry Leaders
  • Top three finalist US$1 million each
  • One exclusive pilot operation contract in Dubai
Start-ups
  • First-place finalist US$1 million and a Golden Ticket to the Dubai Future Accelerators
  • Runner-up US$500,000
Academia
  • First-place UAE-based US$200,000 and runner up US$100,000
  • First-place international US$200,000 and runner up US$100,000

Successful participants will receive a stipend grant for their mobilization, commissioning, and demobilization costs per following guideline:

  • LeadersAED 200,000
  • Start-upsAED 500,000
  • Local AcademiaAED 50,000
  • International AcademiaAED 200,000
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