UAE previews autonomous future at DriftX

Publicly available autonomous vehicles have been operating in Abu Dhabi since 2021, providing over 16,000 rides covering more than 300,000 km (186,400 miles). If the organizers and supporters of the inaugural DriftX conference have their way, these numbers will soon be dwarfed by autonomous vehicles of all types moving people and goods across the UAE and the wider MENA region.

So far, all of these autonomous trips have been provided by the eight free, app-hailable AVs that are currently roaming around Yas and Saadiyat Islands…

One of the strongest AV proponents in the UAE is the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster. SAVI was created in October 2023 by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

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