SAE International® Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to Foster Cooperation in the Areas of Sustainability and Autonomy

The Signing Coincided with the Announcement of the Theme for the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport 2025

WARRENDALE, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2023)SAE International® has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to foster cooperation between the two entities in the areas of sustainability and autonomy. The agreement recognizes SAE International as a leader in mobility and finding solutions to provide safe and eco-friendly means of transport.

The signing coincided with the announcement of the fourth edition of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport 2025, which will focus on designing a “Dubai Autonomous Transport Zone.” The announcement of the theme was made by Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, during the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport. SAE supported the Congress with two workshops, one of the electric vehicle battery lifecycle and the other on robotics for autonomous vehicles. SAE will also publish papers associated with the Congress.

Frank Menchaca, President of SAE Sustainable Mobility Solutions, signed the MoU on behalf of SAE International, and Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of the Public Transport Agency, signed on behalf of RTA. “We are delighted to be partnering with RTA to advance autonomous and sustainable transportation. We look forward working together to make Dubai and the United Arab Emirates models for the rest of the world in this area,” said Menchaca.  

The MoU fosters cooperation with SAE’s mobility expertise in sustainability and autonomy, and the RTA’s vision to be “The World Leader in Seamless and Sustainable Mobility.” The Dubai Autonomous Transport Zone is set to be a world’s first global model for cities in autonomous mobility, encompassing a vast array of autonomous transport modes, including light vehicles and autonomous delivery robots.

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