DUBAI, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, in Dubai has received Distat Hotrakitya, Secretary-General of the Council of State of Thailand, and the accompanying delegation.

The meeting saw discussions on boosting cooperation and sharing expertise in the transport sector between the RTA and its counterpart in Thailand. Al Tayer acquainted the visiting delegation with the projects the RTA will be undertaking in the near future.

Al Tayer briefed Hotrakitya about the RTA's Driverless Mobility Strategy, which is aligned with the Dubai Smart Driverless Mobility Strategy aimed at converting 25 percent of total journeys in Dubai to driverless journeys by 2030. Such a strategy covers all public transit modes such as trains, buses, marine transit modes and taxis as well as private vehicles.

He also introduced the delegation to the RTA's experience in operating the first driverless 10-seater bus, and the trial run of the world's first driverless mobility units (Pods), which can be coupled in 15 to 20 seconds and are designed to travel over short and medium distances on dedicated lanes. He also shed light on the start of the trial run of the Autonomous Air Taxi capable of lifting two passengers.

Al Tayer reflected on the feasibility study commissioned by the RTA with Virgin Hyperloop 1 to assess the technical, engineering and economic aspects of the Hyperloop operation, besides the expansion in the smart transportation programmes and systems.

Hotrakitya was impressed by the sweeping development witnessed in Dubai in record time, rendering it a point of attraction for investors, business leaders and tourists. He expressed hope to boost the bilateral cooperation and exchange expertise between Thai firms and entities and the RTA in various fields.

Source: Emirates News Agency