It is 2016 and we are all crazy about driverless cars – but not as crazy as Dubai is.
The city-state in the UAE recently revealed through their ruler an aim of converting 25% of all trips on its public streets to autonomous vehicles by 2030. Dubai has made a deal with EasyMile, a French company to allow tests of the 10-passenger vehicle called EZ10 in their local roadways.
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More than that is their promotional video of an autonomous concept car that appears to be a Tesla Model S rip-off to hype up residents of the driverless car technology concept.
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This makes Dubai a better place for driverless cars than America because the concept is a lot more convenient there: the weather, only heat and fog, will almost never be an issue; the traffic situation is favorable to autonomous cars; and the streets are relatively well-paved and marked. Whereas in America, the seasons will make it difficult for the driverless cars to navigate, and ultimately the unstable road conditions will hamper movement of such cars.
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If there’s any place in the world that driverless cars can find the perfect home, it will be Dubai. In America, they are most likely to suffer.