Dubai and Abu Dhabi are soon set to see the roll out of last-mile autonomous delivery vehicles specially designed to handle the cities’ intense heat.
Ecommerce site Noon.com is partnering with Chinese start-up Neolix to begin trialling the vehicles over the next few weeks.
Neolix is one of China’s leading manufacturers of autonomous delivery vehicles, counting tech giant’s Huawei and JD.com as its customers.
The company, which began mass production of the robots in May, plans to deliver 1000 of the $30,000 vehicles within its first year.
“Over the next few weeks, Noon.com will trial autonomous vehicles to complete its last-mile delivery in key areas of Abu Dhabi and Dubai,” Noon.com stated.
“The driverless vans are being especially customised to suit the region’s weather conditions, and are being seamlessly integrated with Noon’s logistics platform.”
Its founder and chairman Mohamed Alabbar added: “Noon is very proud to bring driverless delivery vans to streets in our cities. We are a hungry, talented and ambitious nation. I hope it will inspire our tech-driven youth to dream big and to achieve those dreams because everything is possible here.”