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These driverless cars to hit Dubai streets soon

Middle East start-up secures deal to equip a huge fleet of cars with self-driving technology

  • Smart technology is revolutionizing the transportation sector.Image Credit: Supplied
  • Signing of memorandum of understanding between Dubai Police and Acacus Technologies.Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: A private company has just sealed a deal that will bring driverless technology to Dubai’s roads soon.

Acacus Technologies confirmed that it has been commissioned to revamp the entire fleet of Dubai Police’s cars so that the city’s streets will be patrolled by driverless vehicles by 2020.

A number of cutting-edge technologies have been introduced to Dubai, including high-speed trains and flying taxis, and they’re all helping elevate the emirate’s status as a smart city.

A home-grown start-up specialising in developing autonomous vehicles, Acacus said it will install the self-driving functionality in the existing fleet of cars and other types of vehicles used by Dubai Police.

Dubai Police has a number of vehicles in its fleet, including Lamborghini and Aston Martin models.

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A source from the company told Gulf News that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that covers the scope of work was signed a few weeks ago.

“We are proud to contribute in making Dubai the global hub of technological innovation,” said Rashid Ahmed Bin Rasheed, chairman of the board of Acacus Group.

Acacus was ranked among the top 100 start-ups by Forbes Middle East in 2017.

The MOU was signed by the general command of the Dubai Police department, major-general Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police and founder and CEO of Acacus Technologies Talal Ben Halim.

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