The automobile world is gradually tilting towards the autonomous mobility – a car that is consciously capable of driving, parking or perhaps refueling itself – and as such, auto makers are working tirelessly to ensure that they are not left behind in the revolutionary journey that has recently become the new trend. For some, the use of autonomous vehicle is a way of redefining luxury standard, however, for some other people; it is another revolutionary progression for the automobile industry.
In the world, the United Arab Emirates government is one of the most supportive when it comes to the adoption of the autonomous vehicles which is otherwise known as self-driving vehicles, and as such, is ranked among the top 10 countries that are best prepared for the innovation.
Also, as far back as 2017, the government has envisioned a road filled with driverless vehicles ahead of 2020 (this ongoing year). And while there has been an initial projection that more than 10 million autonomous cars will hit the road by 2020, it is only reasonable to think that people will start planning towards owning one.
Here are the top 10 best autonomous cars you can buy in the UAE in 2021.
10. Mercedes Benz E-Class
The Mercedes Benz E-Class is a semi-autonomous sedan that comes with a lot of advanced features which ranges from safety to interior, to driver assist and infotainment among other cutting-edge technology. The car features a 2.0L 1-4 turbo engine, and is capable of 255 horsepower, 0-60mph in about 6.3 seconds. Starting at $56,600, the 2020 Model of the Mercedes Benz E-Class is a considerable option for residents of the UAE.
9. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota brand is not left out in the autonomous buzz as it offers a great deal for self-driving vehicle (semi-autonomous), and the 2020 Toyota Corolla is the company’s latest attempt in that direction. The car features a lot of smart driving and safety features including adaptive cruise control, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, pre-collision system, with pedestrian detection among several others. And even as much as this car is considered to be one of the most affordable in the autonomous category, it has been awarded road-worthy by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). With a starting price at $19,500 the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a great deal for anyone who is looking to acquire an AV in the UAE.
8. Acura RLX
The 2020 Acura RLX is capacitated with a top-notch standard in the league of the semi-autonomous vehicles. The car features some of the best auto technology yet, including a sport hybrid super handling all wheel drive, and a semi-autonomous driving system. The 3.5 i-vtec engine is also responsible for up to 377 horsepower plus its 7-speed dual-clutch Transmission, and an electronic gear selector and 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. With a starting price at $54,900, the 2020 Acura RLX is a great car for interested buyers anywhere in the UAE.
7. Lexus GS
The 2020 Lexus GS delivers a great performance with 3.5L gas engine, with an output not less than 311 horsepower. It is also a favorite when it comes to semi-autonomous driving system, featuring a RWD and AWD system, a 6-speed automatic transmission where the RWD model can get up to 8-speed automatic gearbox. If you are looking to buy a car in this category, then the 2020 Lexus GS with a starting price at $51,065 is a considerable option.
6. Volvo S90
This super luxury sedan comes with two separate offers; the T6, and T8, both of which are designed as semi-autonomous vehicles. However, the T8 which has the most capacity run on a Hybrid engine that is paired with a 10.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor on the rear axle. Other traits of the super sedan include advanced engines with available turbo charging, supercharging and hybrid technology which provide users with responsive and responsible power. The car engine is capable of 400 horsepower as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission. With a starting price at $50,550, the 2020 Volvo S90 is a great option for any buyer in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and anywhere else in the UAE.
5. Cadillac CT6
The 2020 Cadillac CT6 sedan is one of the highly rated on this list, packing a 4.2L Blackwing twin turbo engine V8 which delivers up to 550 horsepower alongside the latest technology including night vision, semi-autonomous driving system, and even a splendid interior. Capable of 10-speed automatic transmission, 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds, and a starting price at $58,995, the 2020 model CT6 is a great deal for any interested buyer in the UAE.
4. Nissan Leaf
The stylish 2020 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car referred to as the ‘tech-flagship’ by the Japanese manufacturer, considering its many smart features including ProPilot Assist, which makes use of cameras and radars to pick out the vehicles in the front as well as the lane lines on either side – a feature that is also present in the Tesla model S. The 2020 Nissan Leaf comes with 110-kw electric motor that is capable of up to 147 horsepower. The semi-autonomous vehicle is a good deal with respect to engine, transmission and performance, and a starting price at $31,600 makes it even affordable for interested riders in the United Arab Emirates.
3. Tesla Model S
Although, the foremost and of course the most prominent auto maker recently teased about the release of the feature it called self-driving “feature-complete” that will enable a full autonomy of its vehicle; the Model S is one of the biggest achievement for AVs yet. The Electric Vehicle is semi-autonomous and comes with a smart summon feature that allows the car to drive itself from anywhere within the range of 200 ft to meet its owner. This car with close to 218-mile range and its exquisite features is a good deal for anyone who is planning to own a self-driving car in the UAE, and of course, a starting price at around $80,000 will not set you back a lot.
2. Jaguar I-PACE
Jaguar’s first all-electric car, the I-PACE, is a performance SUV with an autonomous driving system, which already hit the UAE roads. The car which is equipped with radar camera on the front and back; and another for traffic light recognition, and a roof mounted GPS receiver is capable of self-driving itself around the cities of UAE, and while it is still unclear whether the I-PACE operates on a level 5 autonomous system or less, people can now get their hands on the EV as it is already available to buy in the UAE.
1. W Motors Muse
Although not currently available for purchase, the fully-electric car by W Motors will be the first autonomous vehicle for UAE, and as such will feature a level 5 autonomous driving system. The Dubai-based company has initially revealed the car in a private auto show back in April 2019, and has further completed production of the first batch during the last quarter of the same year. The W Motors Muse is expected to hit the road in time for Expo 2020, and it is one of the few that will be around for now.