October 2017

Smart Dubai Signs MoU with Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and DERQ Systems to Use Artificial Intelligence in Traffic Accident Prevention

The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has signed an agreement with the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and DERQ Systems FZ-LLC on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, to promote the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in car accident prevention in Dubai.

The MoU establishes a collaboration wherein the participating entities pool their energies and resources to promote AI in accident prevention by facilitating the exchange of information, innovation and ideas. It builds on the existing strengths of the organisations and establishes a framework for cooperation.

“Smart Dubai was created to carry out our wise leadership’s vision to spread happiness among the people of Dubai,” said SDO Director General Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr. “We embrace technology and innovation in our quest to make Dubai the smartest, happiest and safest city in the world. Our Smart Dubai 2021 plan addresses smart transformation in the emirate from every conceivable dimension, namely: economy, lifestyle, governance, environment, people and mobility – the latter being the area to benefit directly from this collaboration to bring artificial intelligence into the transport sector to ensure safety.”

Dubai Silicon Oasis, a government-owned free zone, was designed as a high-tech ecosystem that offers businesses state-of-the-art infrastructure, in-house business services, strong business support such as technology investment incentives for large enterprises, entrepreneurial support, an incubation centre and venture capital funding, among other services to facilitate and promote modern technology-based industries.

DERQ is a Dubai-based technology firm with the specific mission to eliminate road accidents by using AI and connected-vehicle technology, while leveraging smart-city infrastructure. Developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), DERQ’s patented technology predicts and prevents car accidents for both conventional and autonomous vehicles.

The agreement outlines a set of concise objectives, including demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of connected vehicle technologies for road safety on conventional and autonomous vehicles in Dubai; implementing and developing innovative AI solutions for collision prediction and prevention in the emirate; mining and analysing Big Data for road safety applications and other smart mobility solutions; developing and promoting other emerging technologies for road safety and security, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain; and, finally, working together to improve and share knowledge and understanding in all four participating entities through training workshops, whitepapers, etc.