Dubai’s Careem says to launch driverless pod tests ‘within a year’

Careem, the region’s app based car booking service, has announced that it plans to launch tests on its driverless pods system which is being developed in partnership with NEXT Future Transportation Inc

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Careem, the region’s app based car booking service, has announced that it plans to launch tests on its driverless pods system which is being developed in partnership with NEXT Future Transportation Inc.

The pods are electric, driverless and can move individually or by attaching themselves to other pods, to form a bus-like structure allowing passengers to move freely from one pod to another, the company said in a statement.

The pods are designed to operate as a mass transportation system whereby passengers can conveniently be picked up on demand and dropped off to different locations, as the pods link and detach accordingly, “creating an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly mode of transportation”, it added.

Bassel Al Nahloui – VP of Business Development and Government Relations, Careem, said: “Our pods are currently in the R&D phase and within a year we will be launching the test phase, whereby fully functional prototypes will be tested in restricted areas.”  More info

By Staff  www.arabianbusiness.com

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