Dubai’s RTA has bought 200 Tesla self-driving cars

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has bought 200 driverless cars from Tesla. The electric vehicles are fitted with autonomous diving technology, meaning that when they are added to the city’s taxi fleet, no driver will be required.

Director General of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, signed the deal with the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, at the World Government Summit 2017.

“This agreement is… part of the Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at transforming 25 percent of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys by 2030," said Al Tayer.

According to Tesla, the RTA will purchase Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from Tesla. The RTA and Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) will carry out a test run of the driverless taxis as part of the city’s fleet.