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UAE: Chinese, Russian firms win RTA’s 
self-driving vehicle challenge

October 28, 2021

Applicants from 20 countries were shortlisted for a chance to win the grand prize of $1.7 million

China’s Neolix and Russia’s Yandex were declared winners of the second edition of the self-driving transport competition hosted by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) during the Dubai World Congress for self-driving transport on Wednesday.

As part of the competition, the self-driving vehicles underwent on-site tests. such as overtaking a parked vehicle, a scooter and a dummy pedestrian; pedestrian crossing; crossing an obstructed path; testing the vehicle under various climate conditions; child pedestrian crossing; driving on a covered walkway, driving over a speed bump; emergency braking and accuracy of taking-off and landing of drones in Dubai.

In the UAE universities category for robots, Khalifa University Abu Dhabi bagged the first prize, while American University of Sharjah came second.

In the drones category, New York University Abu Dhabi bagged first prize, while Khalifa University Abu Dhabi came second.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and Group, and chairman of Dubai Airports, presented the awards to the winners.


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