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Dubai World Autonomous Transportation Congress: Winners of $2.3 Million Challenge Announced – News

The two-day event has attracted nearly 2,000 participants from around the world.

by WAM

Published: Monday, September 25, 2023, 10:13 p.m.

The third edition of the Dubai World Congress on Autonomous Transportation will begin on September 26, 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The event is the first of its kind in the Middle East and this edition is being held under the theme: “Empowering Mobility 4.0”. The opening day of the conference will honor the winners of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, with this edition focusing on “autonomous buses”.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), warmly welcomed all participants and attendees to the Dubai World Congress and the Autonomous Transportation Challenge.

“RTA’s organization of the congress, challenge and accompanying exhibition are consistent with its efforts to realize Dubai’s intelligent autonomous transportation strategy, which aims to transform 25 per cent of mobility trips in Dubai in smart and driverless travel by 2030,” commented Al Tayer.

“The congress is a global platform for autonomous mobility that brings together experts, specialists, policymakers, technology developers, researchers and academics to exchange ideas and visions among global leaders of innovation and technology connected to autonomous vehicles. It seeks to explore the best practices and exchange ideas in panel discussions, seminars and workshops to review the latest developments and innovations in autonomous mobility. In addition, the congress aims to raise community awareness about the latest and future transportation technologies and measure their impact on the investments and mobility strategies”, Al Tayer explained.

The two-day conference has attracted some 2,000 participants from around the world. The conference has 53 speakers and includes 18 seminars and workshops, eight discussion panels, five parallel sessions and two knowledge sessions organized by the International Society of Automotive Engineers. It includes senior executives, researchers, experts and developers of autonomous mobility technology.

Sam Rogers (Flying Man), chief designer and test pilot for Gravity Industries, will be the keynote speaker for the opening session of the conference. He will talk about the future of mobility in the Gravity Jet Suit. Stephen Shladover, international expert in driverless transportation technology, will deliver the closing speech on the first day. On the second day, Dr. Marko Bjelonic, founder of Swiss Mile Company, will deliver the keynote address, while Duncan Walker, CEO and co-founder of Skyports, will deliver the closing address of the conference.

The Dubai Challenge

The opening day of the congress will witness the congratulations of the winners of the third edition of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, the first of its kind in the world. It has a total purse of $2.3 million, with $2 million for the Industry Leaders category and $300,000 for the Local Academy category.

The third edition of the challenge saw an increase in participation in both categories. A total of 27 applications were submitted from around the world, exceeding the target by 130 percent for the Industry Leaders category and 175 percent for the Local Academy category. Ten local and international companies made it to the final round of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport, which focuses on autonomous buses in the industry leaders and local academia categories.

Five international companies had qualified for the final stage in the Industry Leaders category: Alexander Dennis (UK), Bright Drive (Egypt), King Long (China), Quadribot (France) and iAuto Technology (Taiwan). Five universities were selected for the finals in the Local Academy category: Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, Khalifa University – Abu Dhabi, University of Dubai, University of Bolton – Ras Al Khaimah and the American University of Sharjah.


Companies that qualified for the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport underwent unified tests prepared by global experts. They comprise basic and advanced tests covering traffic safety, maturity of autonomous technology used in buses, user convenience, credibility and future vision of the participating entity, degree of innovation and skills, relevant experience , the commercial aspect of operation and added value. .

Testing for the Industry Leaders category was conducted at a designated site at Dubai Silicon Oasis in collaboration with the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to ensure all safety protocols were met.

In the tests of the Local Academy category, each university exhibited its prototype on its campus. The evaluation was guided by the university’s solutions to improve passenger service, the integration of autonomous buses, and the maturity of the proposed solutions.

40 exhibitors

The congress is accompanied by a special exhibition for autonomous transportation in which 40 exhibitors representing leading companies participate. The list includes Cruise by General Motors, Arabian Gulf Mechanical Centre, United Motors and Heavy Equipment Company, Ruptella, SGS Gulf, Al Naboodah, Trapeze, Minus Zero, Dubai Technology, Talabat and Bystrak. These companies will show the latest technologies in smart and sustainable mobility. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the features of Cruise autonomous vehicles, which will be launched in Dubai later this year in cooperation with Cruise, the leading autonomous vehicle manufacturer.

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