Dubai hosts International Conference on Future Mobility

Electric and autonomous vehicles on display at the 5th edition of the summit

A first-ever semi-autonomous heavy vehicle journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi was completed by Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros truck.
A first-ever semi-autonomous heavy vehicle journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi was completed by Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros truck.

Automotive and transport specialists from across the world gathered in Dubai for the 5th International Conference on Future Mobility (ICFM) today as HE Abdulla Abdulqader Al Maeeni, Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) outlined plans to integrate new technology into the emirate’s infrastructure.

“We recognise that technological advances based on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are the key to the development in this field,” said HE Al Maeeni. “The future of the automotive and transport sector will be radically different from the past, where many trends, including the decentralisation of energy production, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence will bring about radical changes in the transport system and mobility, as well as the foundations and objectives of electric mobility, the future of transport in smart cities, and facing the challenges of internet security in connected and self-navigating transportation.”

Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, experts discussed the future of travel and autonomous vehicles during the opening day of the conference which will run at the Grand Hyatt from 26-27 November.

Amongst the opening remarks was the announcement of the first-ever semi-autonomous heavy vehicle journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Completed by Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros truck, the 140km trip demonstrated the future of goods transportation and what can be achieved with current technology.

MG unveiled their electric SS EV to a crowd of delegates. The launch of the new model was a first for the region and was exhibited alongside MG’s Marvel X model.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi had its regional premiere of their e-Evolution concept car as well as their Outlander PHEV, an all-electric 4WD top of the range five-seater SUV, whilst BMW exhibited their i3S 120Ah Advance and i8 Roadster, their luxury range of EV.

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