UAE To Get First Set of Regulations Regarding Autonomous Cars
In the current scenario, there is a lot of work being done over driverless, autonomous cars. So much that the countries around the world are mulling the idea of making laws to govern the driverless cars.
Due to the advancements, led by Tesla among other companies, people are now increasingly looking for the use of autonomous vehicles, or at least semi-autonomous vehicles, even though there aren’t any rules that allow drivers to take the hand off the wheel.
Audi A8‘s latest fourth generation model has all the necessary software and hardware for handling level 3 autonomous driving, although owners will not be provided with access to the software that controls these features as they haven’t been deemed road-legal yet.
Currently, only a few states in the Germany and US have passed laws that outline the use of driverless vehicle usage on the public roads. Even the updated 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class includes level 2 autonomy.
Although, UAE has been taking a note and wishes to implement rules that aim to govern the future of autonomous driving. Since UAE wishes to make a quarter of all the vehicle trips autonomous by 2030, it certainly is working on rules.
For that, the first step has been taken in the form of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) issuing a necessary preparation of all the regulatory requirements for autonomous vehicles in the UAE for the introduction of driverless cars on the roads of UAE.
The regulations will be applied at the central level, and will directly affect life quality in general.
ESMA will be working with the work with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport, Road and Transport Authority, and Dubai Police. For drafting the set of regulations, which span vehicle requirements, telecommunication development and infrastructure requirements for the future goals.