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Dubai: Dubai is set to overtake driverless vehicles on city highways. In addition, the RTA has prepared a five-year plan for major developments in the areas of eco-friendliness and economy. Projects on 20 levels, including the complete elimination of ‘smokers’, will be completed on time. RTA Chairman Mathar Al Thayer said the projects were on nine levels in the environmental sector 

With the huge success of Expo, which was a testing ground for smart projects, the next phase of change begins. 

Everything is no longer clean

By 2030, 100 percent of RTA station waste will be treated and recycled. Recently, a project was started to treat wastewater from bus depots and use it for irrigation. It can reduce water consumption and costs by up to 90% each month. Purified water is used to irrigate plants and trees in the green areas adjacent to the depot. Environmental projects will be expanded in collaboration with the UN Action Plan to tackle challenges, including global warming. 

Every area is smart

The plan is to make roads, and metro-bus stations smarter. Future transport plans will look at the potential in each region. Deira and Bardubai are being considered as heritage areas and Downtown and Business Bay as business and finance sectors. The next area includes the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, both residential and leisure centers. 

By 2030, there will be 4,000 autonomous taxis on city roads. Dubai has more than 2,500 electric vehicles and an estimated 6,100 hybrid vehicles. The Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation project, is also in progress. The expansion of hydrogen vehicles is also under active consideration. Uber Air also prepares taxis, pods, and flying bikes. 

Robot and drone to the forefront

For the convenience of the passengers at the metro stations, the service of more robots will be utilized and drone surveillance will be set up on the station roofs and tracks. The pilot project was a great success. The Operations Control Center (OCC) is a centralized body that monitors and controls all activities. The robot, which has laser-controlled sensors, can detect obstacles and evacuate and hold up to 90 liters of water.

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