ABU DHABI, 12th February, 2019 (WAM) -- In a fast-changing world, countries that fail to keep pace with technology or take too much time pondering about the next moves are left behind. Foresight is what holds the key to success, commented a local daily editorially.
"It’s here that the UAE is lucky, as the visionary leadership has made an early start in anticipating and shaping the future on all fronts. Strategic initiatives and endless attractions have placed the country among the world’s sought-after destinations," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Tuesday.
The transport sector is one excellent example. Talk about driverless cars, air taxis or unibikes, the UAE’s transport sector is all set to turn a model for the rest of the world to emulate.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said that the UAE has committed its resources to cope with the technological and industrial breakthrough. The country had launched the UAE’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy; which is based on benefiting from nanotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart devices and digital transactions in all fields. In the mobility field, it seeks to provide autonomous air, land, and marine transit modes fully managed by AI systems.
Innovative initiatives are on the anvil. The RTA has launched a package of AI projects highlighted by the Traffic Control System; which will be operational in the mid of 2020 (before the launch of Expo 2020). The centre uses AI to achieve three objectives: the first is to support mega-events (such as Expo 2020). The second is to forecast and manage the traffic movement, prepare quick response plans and take real-time decisions. The third is monitoring accidents, detecting emergencies and reducing the time of handling them.
Nothing comes easy and challenges of transport in future will certainly be immense. Yet, what makes the UAE great is that it has the courage and vision to cope with challenges.
Research, trial and development get persistent encouragement. The RTA launched the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport in 2018. It turned out to be the first contest of its kind worldwide in support of research and development. In October 2019, RTA will hold the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport; again the first of its kind held by a government entity.
"The RTA is also mulling the launch of the Smart Mobility Lab, the world’s first lab including a site dedicated to making trials of aerial and land autonomous transport," concluded the Sharjah-based daily.