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Cruz brings driverless automated taxis to Dubai


 Cruz brings driverless automated taxis to Dubai

Autonomous car company Cruise, backed by General Motors and Honda, is preparing to launch its first international driverless automated taxi service in Dubai in 2023.

Cruz brings driverless automated taxis to Dubai

Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, announced the news early Monday.

The Crown Prince of Dubai said: Dubai will be the first outside America to operate cruise vehicles for self-transportation, in fulfillment of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's vision that Dubai is always in the first place and the best city to live and work, and our goal is to convert 25 percent of the total transportation trips in Dubai into self-tours. Driving by various means of transportation by 2030.

  • He added: Dubai's vision for the future of autonomous driving aims to reduce transportation costs by 900 million dirhams annually, saving 1.5 billion dirhams by reducing environmental pollution by 12 percent annually, and achieving 18 billion dirhams in economic returns every year by increasing the efficiency of the transport sector by 2030.

As part of its ride-sharing service, Cruz uses fully autonomous Origin vehicles, which it first revealed in 2019.

The company does not plan to use the Chevy Bolt electric cars it currently uses as part of its San Francisco test fleet.

The Origin is designed to be a common vehicle, and when it goes into production, it won't have any controls typically associated with human driving, such as: the steering wheel or the pedals.

Cruz still plans San Francisco to be its first market for commercial automated taxi service.

The company had planned to launch a commercial service in its hometown in 2019, but has failed to do so, and has yet to announce a new date.

Origin will begin production at the General Motors plant in Detroit beginning in 2022.

In light of the negative impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on shared transportation, Cruz recently unveiled a new set of safety protocols aimed at keeping people socially distant during trips and sterilizing the vehicle.

Over the past three years, Cruz has raised more than $ 7.4 billion from a number of investors, including Softbank, Honda, General Motors, and Microsoft, and the startup is currently valued at $ 19 billion.