| | DECEMBER 202319Flying CarGITEX GLOBAL will hold a demonstration of the X2 flying car. The public take-off, flight, and safe landing of the fifth-generation X2 flying car took place at a demonstration in Dubai. The Xpeng company also gave an update on its sixth-generation flying car.Virtual PoliceAmna, the virtual police officer of the Dubai Police, was all the rage at GITEX this year. A bilingual (Arabic and English) police officer in charge of AI technology was present to answer public inquiries, help people pay fines, or report incidents.Farm RobotsThe UAE Telecommunications and Digital Governance Regulatory Authority presented the future of agriculture with farm robots at GITEX. The combination of artificial intelligence and robotics provides precision in planting, tending, and harvesting crops. Its advanced sensors monitor soil conditions and optimize the use of resources, such as reducing water waste and minimizing chemical use.Self-Driving Security PatrolDubai Police has announced a self-driving security patrol aimed at improving security in residential areas. The environmentally friendly, all-electric patrol has a battery that lasts up to 15 hours and can reach 5-7 km per hour. In addition, the vehicle can detect criminal activity, recognize faces, and read car number plates using smart technology and artificial intelligence.Autonomous Racing VehicleAlso announced at GITEX Global was the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League A2RL and the first autonomous Dallara Super Formula SF23. ASPIRE, an autonomous vehicle that operates without human intervention, will perform at the inaugural race on April 28, 2024, at the Yas Marina Circuit in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The event also features autonomous car races, drone races, and dune buggy races.Secure & Private Global Information SocietyTo curb cyber security challenges, the United Arab Emirates Cyber Security Council (UAE CSC) and the Abu Dhabi Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) have collaborated to create a more secure and private global information society. Both councils run a number of initiatives ranging from encryption migration and deployment to awareness training programs. Synergies between the UAE CSC and ATRC include operational deployment, cooperation, deterrence, prevention, and response to cyber attacks.Virtual TravelThe Sharjah Archaeological Authority has unveiled its Metaverse project, which allows people to explore the emirate's rich heritage landscape. Combining artificial intelligence with augmented and virtual reality, the Jabal Khatm Al Melaha Archaeological Trail takes people back to the Neolithic era, where enthusiasts can explore more than 120 petroglyphs. According to research firm McKinsey and Company, the potential payoff of virtual tourism will exceed $20 billion by 2030, thanks in large part to inspirational advertising and virtual events. THE RTA PLANS TO ROLL OUT THE SMART GATES NEXT YEAR AND TEST THEM AT PUBLIC TRANSPORT STATIONS WITH FEWER PASSENGERS BEFORE INTRODUCING THEM TO ALL STATIONS AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PROOF-OF-CONCEPT
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