Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has united key local regulatory authorities to enhance the regulatory framework, making it easier to use applications in the air, land, and sea. It comes following Abu Dhabi’s launch of the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster in Masdar City.
Abu Dhabi Invest Office (ADIO) is collaborating with four regulators to create a supportive setup for SAVI applications. These regulators are the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), and Abu Dhabi Maritime.
To accelerate innovation and commercialization, Abu Dhabi is creating a one-stop-shop regulatory service for certification, licensing, authorizations, and Intellectual property (IP) management. Comprehensive, growth-enabling regulatory support will be a key factor in attracting key global players and promoting the adoption of future smart and autonomous applications in the UAE and beyond.
Mr. Badr Al Olama, Acting Director-General of Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), said that, “Abu Dhabi has firmly established itself as a hub for export-driven innovation, developing solutions with global impact and reach. Over the years, we have created thriving business sectors, cementing our position as one of the fastest places in the world to do business. Regulation is of utmost importance when it comes to disruptive technologies, and we are setting the standard for simplifying and progressing regulatory enablement by bringing together stakeholders to support the development of a thriving smart and autonomous vehicle industry cluster.”
ADDED and the ADIO collaboratively spearheaded the creation of the fully integrated SAVI cluster covering the design, testing, and manufacturing of smart and autonomous transportation and mobility vehicles.
The newly formed cluster will provide state-of-the-art facilities, services, and regulatory enablement to attract and support innovation and commercialization of advanced autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies in the UAE, unlocking their full global potential.