UAE may have their first autonomous taxi service by next year if a new startup company can get the partnership they need in order to launch the proper services.
AutoX, a firm based in Hong Kong, is in talks with some UAE companies and groups and, if all goes well, it targets to launch its commercial robotaxi, along with autonomous delivery services, in 2020.
"The technology already exists. With the cooperation of government agencies, the UAE's first commercial robotaxi will become a reality next year," Jianxiong Xiao, founder and chief executive of AutoX, said ahead of Gitex Technology Week.
AutoX, which has offices in the US and China, recently moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong.
Besides robotaxis, the company also uses its tech in deliveries.
Earlier this year, AutoX wowed the visitors of the CES tech show in Las Vegas as it used its self-driving car to deliver burgers and fries.
It is currently operating robotaxi, delivery and manufacturing pilot programmes in the US, Europe and China.
"People will benefit from a world where they receive their delivered goods such as food, medicine, clothing, electronics, etc, via automated vehicles or robots, and get around town via a self-driving robotaxi," Xiao said.
Perfect for Dubai
He added that Dubai will be a perfect place to launch a commercial robotaxi service in 2020.
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