The Dubai World Challenge For Self-Driving Transport
The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport is a catalyst to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make 25% of all trips in Dubai to be smart and driverless by 2030.
First and last-mile connection strategies are the first use case addressed. The application, evaluation and challenge process started in 2018 and runs up until the Congress in October 2019.
Hosted by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Challenge is a multi-year international competition 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 and not limited by country or region.
The Challenge will address four use cases
Objectives 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
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.
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
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
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