By Tariq Tahir For Mailonline
Published: 16:27 GMT, 1 March 2018 | Updated: 16:27 GMT, 1 March 2018
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 Italy 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
Each pod has six seats and will initially travel on pre-programmed routes