Former Nokia’s Mapping Service – HERE Technologies now owned by a consortium of German auto-makers, has joined up with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to map the city with high-definition technology in support of Dubai’s wider goals around self-driving, autonomous vehicles.
The emirate hopes to have a quarter of its public transport system converted to self-driving by 2030, and to accomplish this, HD maps are a must. Initially, the RTA and HERE Technologies will run a number of tests to enable HERE’s map for autonomous cars, HD Live Map – a self-updating map designed to give users accurate information about road conditions – in the city’s public service vehicles.
RTA has always been a forerunner in harnessing the most sophisticated technologies through collaborating with the world’s best providers to make Dubai the world’s smartest city and make its residents, tourists and visitors happy and satisfied.
– Abdulla Al Madani, CEO RTA Corporate Technology Support Services.
If the planning and proof-of-concept phases go according to plan, the RTA and HERE plan to have a pilot up and running in support of preparations for Expo 2020 in Dubai.