Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has authorized new testing standards for electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles to make sure that the emirate plays a “pioneering” role in their growth and see that they are on the streets of Dubai “in the near future”, it was announced on Monday.
In a statement, Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, the CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said that 66 workshops have been held “with vehicle manufacturers, approved testing centres in Dubai and consultancy companies in the UAE to review these standards and share knowledge and ideas about them.”
“During these workshops, the responsibilities of each party were clearly defined and plans were developed to ensure the successful implementation,” he added.
For electric and hybrid vehicles, Al Ali added, the RTA has set examined the key components of those vehicles such as high-voltage batteries, internal charging systems, circuit breakers and transformers.
“Universal standards have been set up for implementation by technical inspection centres across Dubai, which were briefed about the role of equipment manufacturers,” he said.
For self-driving vehicles, Al Ali said that the technical testing standards and related technologies will form a key prat of the infrastructure necessary for their deployment, which he said will take place “in the near future.”
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