A locally made electric boat capable of carrying eight passengers is being tested in Dubai without a driver.

Dubai’s iconic mode of transport, the Abra, is not just a means of getting around but also a cultural heritage of the emirate. The Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has introduced a trial operation of the first self-driving electric Abras, adding a modern twist to this traditional experience. The Autonomous Electric Abra, manufactured locally at the RTA’s Al Garhoud Marine Maintenance Centre, can carry up to eight passengers and maintains the authentic design that preserves the heritage identity of the Abras. During the initial journey, the boat covered the distance between Al Jaddaf Station and the Festival City Station on the Dubai Creek.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, emphasized the significance of the Autonomous Electric Abra in Dubai’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions in public transportation and achieve its self-driving transport strategy. The goal is to transform 25% of all mobility journeys in Dubai into self-driving journeys by 2030, in line with the city’s master plan for sustainable and innovative transportation solutions.

The introduction of self-driving electric Abras represents an exciting step towards a greener and technologically advanced transportation system in Dubai. By combining tradition and innovation, the city is pushing boundaries to enhance the overall travel experience while promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact.

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