The Dubai Future Foundation announced this week a new goal to convert 25% of the city’s traffic to autonomous driving by 2030. Sheikh Mohammed,  the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai, announced the initiative which he hopes will “facilitate people’s lives and increase the productivity”.

To make the announcement, the city showcased a new driverless car concept featuring a Tesla Model S.

The city expect the strategy to ultimately generate annual savings and economic returns of 22 billion dirhams ($6 billion USD).

“The UAE is characterized by continuous ambition to achieve leadership and precedence in everything that serves the human and facilitates his life has been our successful experiences started from the UAE and became in a short period is an example of future technology such as unmanned aircraft and robots and systems, artificial intelligence, and today we launch the challenge ‘Dubai World’ to navigate a self-driving international tender for all companies and R&D centers and academic institutions in order to expedite the transfer of this technology from the laboratory and field experience to the real application on the streets of Dubai.”

The ‘Dubai World challenge is requesting proposals from companies and other institutions to submit applications for driverless technologies adapted to Dubai.

The Dubai Future Foundation showcased its own concept based on the Tesla Model S. Here’s the video:

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