The United Arab Emirates in General and Dubai in particular, are key points of trade and logistics not only in the region but also in the world. Re-export is an important source of income for this rich city, and in recent years, the tourism industry has been growing rapidly. The basis for the development of both trade and tourism is an efficient and modern transport infrastructure: commercial ports, high-speed city and intercity lines, airports.
Dubai's Leadership are well aware of the importance of the transport industry for the development of the city. Therefore, the local transport department has developed a long-term infrastructure development plan. Automation, technological effectiveness and environmental friendliness are now a priority.
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The most ambitious and technically challenging task that Dubai's transportation professionals have set for themselves is to increase the share of autonomous transportation in the city up to 25% by 2030. This measure is expected to save up to 44% of transport costs and reduce environmental pollution by 12%. In the future, the transition to self-driving transport should improve the situation with traffic jams and parking spaces in the city.
Dubai Road and Transport Authority in the interview to Gulf News informed that one of the projects, aimed at improving the transport system of Dubai, Dubai Sky Pods, are considered as the urban transportation system, developed by CJSC «String Technologies». Dubai Sky Pods is a futuristic mobility system, the advantages of which are high energy efficiency and low material consumption of the track structure.
In addition to Dubai Sky Pods, the city plans to introduce autonomous air taxi and self-driving modules to solve the «last mile» problem. It is also planned to improve the quality of the digital infrastructure of Dubai: the authorities plan to use artificial intelligence in the management of traffic, security, crisis management and other areas.
A part of Dubai's digital strategy, in addition to widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, is the use of blockchain technologies. The city needs them in order to transfer the information flow into online and make it faster, more user-friendly and safer. Using the blockchain, the leadership of Dubai are planning to implement document management, payment of goods and services, verification of visas and driver's licenses. According to the authorities, the digitalization of the state document flow alone will save up to $ 3 billion.
Sustainable development of the actively growing city is another important task for transport professionals. To ensure that the actively growing city does not harm nature, it is planned to increase the use of electric cars and hybrid cars. To do this, the city taxi park will replace ICE vehicles with hybrids and electric cars. Also, in order to reduce the harm that transport causes to nature, new passenger buses will be equipped with engines that meet high environmental standards.
The Inclusion of the Skyway Skyway transport in Dubai's infrastructure development strategy is a far-sighted solution that fully corresponds to the development vector, chosen by the city's leadership. Automation, environmental friendliness and technological effectiveness of the new mode of transport will give Dubai the opportunity to create a sustainable system of passenger and cargo transportation and will avoid the endless process of modernization of obviously outdated transport based on ICE, manual control and «paper» exchange of information.