RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has successfully reduced road accidents by 50 percent in the last five years by using modern technologies, according to a top minister.
During a keynote speech at the first Global Smart City Forum, the Minister of Transport and Logistics Services Saleh Al-Jasser noted that all trucks today in the Kingdom are electronically linked, providing integrated information on location, weight, temperature, speed, and more.
Al-Jasser said: “These joint actions employed many modern technologies and resulted in reducing deaths and reducing serious accidents by rates exceeding 50 percent during the last five years.”
He added: “This work is ongoing and targets a further reduction of more than 50 percent over the coming years, until 2030.”
The minister further revealed that the Kingdom is advancing self-driving transportation through joint experiments with major projects, local universities, and global research centers to explore modern technology applications.
“We are working on enhancing self-driving transportation, and many joint experiments have been carried out to employ these technologies,” said Al-Jasser.
Underscoring the significance of the transportation and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, Al-Jasser emphasized its importance in various aspects, including the economic, commercial, tourism, Hajj, and Umrah sectors.
“Smart technologies serve to develop maintenance and operation work for various transportation systems, whether in bringing these technologies or also working with other parties regarding dealing with these modern technologies,” the minister affirmed.
Additionally, he emphasized that smart cities “are not only cities that employ advanced technologies,” but rather, they are cities focused on providing a higher quality of life for their residents and visitors.
The minister continued, “The National Strategy for Transport and Logistics has devoted an important part of its initiatives and projects to employing modern technologies and modern modes of transport.”
According to the minister, substantial efforts are underway to develop necessary legislation, laws, and regulations facilitating the integration of these technologies.
“Additionally, there is an aspect related to providing experimental environments that enable experiments on modern technologies or even protecting small establishments that start with small beginnings and steps and need protection within these experimental environments,” Al-Jasser said, adding: “Also, there is extensive work regarding data collection, which is considered an essential part of enabling the appropriate environment for employing modern technologies.”
Concluding his keynote speech, Al-Jasser emphasized the importance of safety in implementing various technologies. This is crucial, as it integrates engineering agencies involved in building infrastructure, operational agencies, regulatory bodies, and other related entities.