The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable City Project to start the operation of self-driving vehicles in Dubai.

Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Licensing Agency and deputy chairman of Autonomous Vehicles Committee and Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers developer of The Sustainable City Project, signed the MoU at the RTA head office.

The vehicles will be operating on the Al Qudra Road from February 2018.

Authorities on Monday announced that the self-driving vehicles will soon be spotted in Sustainable City, as they will soon begin their test on the vehicles.

According to AL Ali, the MoU underscores the RTA’s commitment to engage in partnerships with the public and private sectors to realise its strategic, smart mobility objectives.

He mentioned that, it reflects the cooperation and partnership between the RTA and Sustainable City.

And supports the Smart City initiative as well as their government directives to transform 25 per cent of public transport means into driverless transit modes by 2030.

The MoU he said, calls for studying the location of operating the autonomous vehicle, in The Sustainable City project in Dubai Land.

As well as to help provide the infrastructure needed to start the operation.

The Dh1.2 billion Sustainable City development in Dubailand features 500 villas and town houses, and has already implemented sustainable elements such as solar panels, LED lighting and green appliances to reduce the level of energy consumption.