Tests begin on driverless vehicles on the streets of Dubai

Aim is to make Gulf city one of the smartest in the world with 25% cars driverless Initially pods will run on pre-programmed routes but eventually hailed by app  Vehicles are powered by electricity and have a top speed of 50 miles per hour

By Tariq Tahir For Mailonline

Published: 16:27 GMT, 1 March 2018 | Updated: 16:27 GMT, 1 March 2018

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Dubai has begun testing autonomous pods in a trial run the Gulf's trade and tourism hub hopes will help its transformation into one of the smartest cities in the world.

Officials from Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) displayed two cube-shaped vehicles built by U.S.-based Next Future Transportation company in as they spun around on a main street in Dubai.

Passersby stopped to try out the six-seat vehicles and question the Italian engineers overseeing the test.

Two of the self-driving  pods that are being tested on the streets of Dubai 

Two of the self-driving  pods that are being tested on the streets of Dubai 

Each pod has six seats and will initially travel on pre-programmed routes in the first few years

Each pod has six seats and will initially travel on pre-programmed routes

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