If you didn’t know, GM runs a company called Cruise which is an autonomous driving unit revealed in January of last year with the promise of producing an emissions-free and driverless transportation future.
So far, just San Francisco has Cruise, but they have just signed a deal with the Road and Transit Authority of Dubai which aims to see these robotaxis on the streets by the beginning of 2023.
This comes at a perfect time for Dubai as it has been working on autonomous cars and public transport for years, and this deal is just what they were looking for. By 2030, Cruise and Dubai aim to have 4,000 self-driving taxis operating within the city. Part of the agreement makes Cruise Dubai’s exclusive robotaxi provider until the year 2029.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan said, “This agreement, which is the first of its kind worldwide between a government entity and a leading developer of autonomous vehicles, and autonomous vehicle technology, is a major step towards realising Dubai’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 percent of total trips in Dubai into self-driving transport trips across different modes of transport by 2030.”
Cruise is the beginning of a huge drive towards autonomous driving and with its adoption in the Middle East, it is sure to proceed to grow.