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Driverless cars trialed in Dubai



Driverless cars are in Dubai.

The biggest talking point in tech right now is being trialing this week at the second Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition.

The box-like vehicles will run exhibitors between sites on pre-programmed routes, carrying up to 10 passengers at one time.

Built around a high-tech sensor system, the cars are fitted with a number of safety features in line with traditional automobiles.

Should the trial prove successful, it is anticipated the vehicles could be rolled out in major tourism hotspots around Dubai to help ease congestion, as well as at the Expo 2020 site. Their arrival is in line with the emirate's move to becoming a Smart City.

The vehicles, named EZ10, have been created by EasyMile, a French company and joint venture between Ligier Group and Robosoft.
http://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/news/70724-driverless-cars-trialed-in-dubai
 

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Air-conditioned abra launched at Jaddaf Marine Station




Dubai: Commuters can now enjoy air-conditioned abra service across the Creek as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched a new service yesterday.

RTA also opened a new marine station in Al Jaddaf which will provide an easy link from Dubai Creek Metro station. The air-conditioned abras maintain heritage design, combined with modern amenities. The 20-seat boat is equipped with the latest technologies, along with a panoramic roof.

The abra has a single-base low-wash fibreglass body, and two eco-friendly engines powered by high-octane gasoline that produce minimal gas emissions.

Measuring 10 metres in length and 3.4 metres in width, it conforms to the highest standards of security and safety worldwide. It has a robust hull ensuring high safety levels, and easy driving offering 360-degree vision with the possibility of side movement and smooth manoeuvring.

The air-conditioned abra will operate initially from Al Jadaf station to Festival City station

The trip takes about seven minutes, and the service will be operational seven days a week from 7am to 12 midnight.

The service offers 128 trips in both directions at a headway of 10 minutes during peak hours and 20 minutes during off-peak hours. The fare is Dh2 per person.

RTA will also run a service to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary on the air-conditioned boats.

The Jaddaf station links the air-conditioned traditional abra service (Al Jaddaf – Dubai Festival City Line) with the public bus service, and the Creek Metro Station.

The station boasts unique heritage-inspired design comprising a two-level building over an area of 1,518 square metres. According to Al Tayer, the Station acts as a link between the Dubai Creek, Business Bay and Dubai Water Canal in future.

It is the first marine mass transport station that has comprehensive premises for serving various marine transit means like the Ferry, Water Bus, Water Taxi, Traditional Abra, and the Air-conditioned Abra.

It is situated just 200 metres away from Creek Metro Station and the public bus station.

13 million riders used marine transport last year and RTA plans to expand the marine network by building 12 new marine stations in the Business Bay and the Dubai Water Canal by 2018, thus raising the number of marine transport stations in Dubai to as much as 77 stations by 2020.
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/transp...a-launched-at-jaddaf-marine-station-1.1834244
 

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RTA to open Abu Dhabi-bound Southern bridge of Sheikh Zayed Rd on Friday





The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open this Friday the Abu Dhabi-bound southern bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road as part of the initial phase of the Dubai Water Canal Project. The bridge comprises eight lanes (six lanes will be open in the initial phase and the remaining two lanes will be open in mid-July 2016). It rises 8.5 meters above the water level allowing free navigation in the Canal around-the-clock.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said: “By opening the southern bridge, RTA has effectively completed all works listed under Phase I of the Dubai Water Canal Project, which comprises the construction of an 800 meter-long bridge on the Sheikh Zayed Road comprising 8 lanes in each direction. It also includes modifying the route of affected roads to ensure integrated traffic movement between the two sides of the Canal besides shifting the affected utility lines.”

“This bridge is characterized by a unique design with waterfalls flowing from the top, and smart lighting fixtures controlled via a dedicated app supported by a database for tracking the lighting condition, and sharing information & operational commands. A full coverage is provided all over the place enabling RTA to interact with the social media through 3G technology,” explained Al Tayer.

“Earlier this month, RTA opened Al Wasl Road Bridge comprising three lanes in the direction of Dubai and two lanes in the direction of Abu Dhabi in addition to two lanes for serving the traffic coming from Al Wasl Road heading to Al Athaar Road. The traffic flow on the bridge has improved massively, thus facilitating the movement of motorists from Jumeirah 1 to Jumeirah 2 & 3 as well as Al Hadiqa Road and vice versa. Accordingly about 50 thousand vehicles now use the bridge every day. Last March, RTA opened Phase II of the project with the completion of a bridge serving traffic inbound from Al Athaar Road and bound to Al Hadiqa Road across Al Wasl Road. Since opened, it had eased the movement of motorists from Jumeirah Road and Al Athaar Road in the direction of Al Hadiqa Road and Sheikh Zayed Road.

“Work is gathering pace for the Jumeirah Bridge where the contractor is currently putting the finishing touches to the project, which will be open in July. Once the three bridges crossing the Canal are open, the contractor of Phase III will complete the Canal digging works underneath the bridges, besides building quay walls of the Canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the Canal at distinctive locations, and setting up 10 marine transit stations. Jobs also include landfilling works to build a synthetic peninsula along the Jumeirah Park that will double the beach line of the Park, increase the park area, and make a room for more leisure activities.
 

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This bridge is characterized by a unique design with waterfalls flowing from the top, and smart lighting fixtures controlled via a dedicated app
Nice that they still implemented this feature. Looked great in the first renders and thought it was only a easter egg and not a real feature. Great! Now the can finish the canal beneath the bridge. Cant wait to see the full completed canal.
 

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2 more lanes of Jumeirah Bridge opens




RTA opened this morning the second phase of Jumeriah bridge as a part of the Dubai Water Canal project, opening two lanes coming from Jumeirah 2 (north) heading towards Jumeirah 3 (South).

RTA has previously opened two lanes inbound from Jumeirah 3 (south) outbound to Jumeirah 2 (north) and remaining third lane will be open within this month.

The Bridge comprises of three lanes in each direction and rises 8.5 meters above the Canal, thus enabling free navigation around-the-clock.

By opening Jumeirah Bridge, the RTA has finally accomplished all works in the bridges crossing the Dubai Water Canal. Works would now focus on digging the section of the Canal underneath the bridges, building quay walls of the Canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two shores of the Canal at prime locations, and building 10 marine transport stations. Works also include landfilling for making a artificial peninsula along the stretch of Jumeirah Park, which would double the beaches of the Jumeirah Park, increase the area of the Park, and make room for adding a host of recreational activities.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/2-more-lanes-of-jumeirah-bridge-opens
 

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Toll system is considered for federal roads in the UAE

ABU DHABI // A toll system for federal roads could help to keep traffic flowing smoothly and lead to safer driving, experts say.

A proposal to impose tolls on the 800 kilometre network, which connects the Northern Emirates to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has been put forward by a traffic workshop.

Officials at a Federal Transport Authority sessions looked into the dependence on private cars, traffic congestion and its costs, and safety challenges posed by lorries.

No details were released on the toll system, its cost, its proposed scope or charges for motorists.

“It does cost money to implement and maintain state-of-the-art safety features on a road," said Michael Dreznes, vice president of the International Road Federation, a group that promotes safer roads.

“The public needs to understand that the tolls on federal roads should be used to ensure the road users pay for the maintenance and improvements of these toll roads over time."

Today’s technology allows for automated payments for toll road users booths.

Salik, which was introduced by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority in 2007, is a “free-flow tolling system".

Tolls are collected electronically, allowing vehicles to move at more fuel efficient speeds, reduce air pollution and traffic noise, and improve safety.

“On a federal basis, toll collection makes sense from a perspective of raising funds to operate and maintain road facilities," said Glenn Havinoviski, an associate vice president of transport systems at Iteris, which specialises in traffic management.
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/toll-system-is-considered-for-federal-roads-in-the-uae
 

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Academic Road between Arabian Ranches and DIP well under way. Mostly ground works, but Hessa street extension, connecting with this road is another corridor to Expo site.

Academic road next to The Villa also underway, so assume it will connect Academic city with DIP by next year
 

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Another pointless brown envelope exercise it gets embarrassing at times some things should not be tinkered with METRO STATIONS and ROAD names should never change!!!
 
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