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UAE drive towards autonomous vehicles; Riyadh third smartest G20 capital


Middle East AI News

November 4 · Issue #90 · View online

Middle East AI News is a weekly news digest covering artificial intelligence news from across the region.

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The UAE is moving closer to the commercial use of self-driving vehicles and autonomous delivery robots. Service robots are currently being used to deliver food orders at Expo 2020 Dubai (see newsletter 30 Sept), but no significant trial of delivery robots or self-driving vehicles has yet taken place in the UAE outside such a controlled environment.
Last week, Dubai’s RTA revealed that new regulations for the commercial use of autonomous vehicles are in the works and will be issued in 2022. This could change everything. The Roads and Transport Authority, of course, ordered 4,000 robotaxis from GM’s autonomous vehicle unit Cruise earlier this year, the first of which will hit Dubai’s roads in 2023.
During the past few days we’ve seen announcements of deals signed by Careem, Majid Al Futtaim and Noon with AV and robotics companies to develop autonomous delivery services, with a pilot service expected to be launched by Carrefour in early 2022.
So, does this mean that the UAE’s streets will soon be full of autonomous vehicles? I believe we’re going to see more deals like this, but there will need to be a lot more trials before any blanket permissions are given for commercial services. Introducing AV laws will be a great step forward and will pave the way for key players to fast-track new trials.
Read these stories and more below!
Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Autonomous Vehicles
Majid Al Futtaim signs agreement with Yandex to use robots to deliver Carrefour orders Majid Al Futtaim signs agreement with Yandex to use robots to deliver Carrefour orders
Three agreements to develop self-driving technology unveiled at Dubai event
Startup News
Khalifa Fund, Stallion AI launch AI entrepreneur programme
Smart Cities
Riyadh 3rd smartest capital of G20 in 2021 IMD Index of Smart Cities
Dubai Police to launch AI-enabled platform to support decision-making
G42 and Yahsat to collaborate on remote sensing and AI enabled geospatial analytics
MBZUAI welcomes business leaders to first executive AI course
Qatar University opens AI Students Club
AI Diplomacy
Egypt chairs meeting of Arab AI Working Group
Khalifa University wins global bid to bring IROS Conference to Abu Dhabi in 2024
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