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“ESMA” develops federal requirements for safety in self-driving vehicles

 The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has issued a preparation of a technical regulation including requirements for self-driving vehicles and safety requirements in the UAE.

Abdullah Abdul Qader AL Maeeni, Director General of (ESMA), announced: “This regulation will be applied at the federal level, which will directly affect the quality of life in general, especially in the field of transportation. individuals, and public and private properties.

"These standards will meet the government’s plans within the national agenda, and enhance the UAE's competitiveness globally,” he said.

"ESMA is focusing on providing the highest safety standards in modern transport vehicles that match the latest technologies and innovations in terms of vehicle self-driving and communication between vehicles and the surrounding environment, in an effort to provide a legislative and technical infrastructure conducive to innovation,” he added.

Almaeeni also confirmed that the ESMA will present this project during a major international event, “the Future Vehicles World 2017”, which will be organised by the ESMA in Dubai in November.

He went on to say: “In order to draw on the scientific opinions and great international experiences participating in the exhibition activities, the process of development is guided by qualitative ideas and takes into account the best international experiences.”

Al Maeeni explained that this step is in line with the National Agenda 2021, which aims to raise the state's readiness by exploiting the opportunities offered by ICTs.

 “This will contribute to enhancing the UAE's competitiveness globally, especially in the field of IT infrastructure and communications, which can be reflected positively and directly on the social and economic aspects of the state,” he said.

“ESMA” has formed a team of strategic partners, including the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, the Dubai Police General Headquarters, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and other partners from federal and local authorities to participate in drafting and discussing the draft.

Almaeeni said that the teamwork will include a range of requirements for the vehicle, infrastructure, communication systems and spectrum, in addition to the tests and requirements of periodic inspection and maintenance centers and reform, as well as the responsibilities of the owner and the manufacturer of self-driving vehicles.

He stressed that due to the importance of this issue at the federal level, the working team examines the file in many aspects, such as the development of technical specifications of the vehicle and the requirements of performance and safety, in addition to the development of the requirements of testing and technical examination and registration of the vehicle traffic system in the UAE.

In a short period of time, Almaeeni noted that the event will be held in November and will include a number of leading manufacturers, research and development companies in the automotive industry regionally and internationally, as well as ecision makers in various federal and local bodies and authorities.

He said that the presence of this large elite of participants will add more importance to the project, as this will be an opportunity to participate in the project and to make observations and technical images and benefit from the experiences participating in the conference