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08 Aug 2022

31 August 2022 is the registration deadline for the 3rd Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport 2023

(The focus of the challenge revolves around self-driving buses)

an image of Self-Driving Units

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced 31st August 2022 as a deadline for registration for the 3rd Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport 2023. RTA called on companies and local academia to register on time through the website ( and compete for a share of the prizemoney of US$2,300,000 (Two Million and Three Hundred Thousand Dollars). 

Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, RTA said, “The third edition of the event is focused on self-driving buses. RTA started receiving applications for participation in the event several months ago. Setting August 31st as a deadline that aims to prompt and encourage industry leaders and local academia to expedite their participation through the website. 

“The launch of the third edition of the Challenge follows the successes of the first two editions. It is part of RTA’s efforts to enhance the high standing of Dubai in self-driving transport. It also echoes RTA’s commitment to realising the government’s vision to transform 25% of total mobility trips in Dubai into self-driving trips by year 2030,” he added. 

The third edition of the Challenge comes with a new competitive theme focused on self-driving buses. It reflects RTA’s commitment of moving forward with the Dubai Government’s pioneering efforts to expand the use of self-driving transport technology at all levels.  A fund of $2,000,000 (Two Million Dollars) is allocated for industry leaders and $300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) is allocated for local academia. All local and international companies listed under the category of Industry Leaders can take part in the Challenge. The company has to be registered in the country of origin or locally, and has to operate in developing or operating self-driving buses. The Local Academia category covers all universities, institutes and research centres in the UAE interested in autonomous technology research and engaged in developing relevant models.

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