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Abu Dhabi launches free driverless taxis

Abu Dhabi launches free driverless taxis

Driverless taxis are now available to ferry passengers free of charge between select locations on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, Gulf News has reported.

The vehicles, famously known as robo-taxis or ‘Txais’, were launched on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit by geospatial and data analytics firm Bayanat and the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC).

Quoting Bayanat CEO Hasan Al Hosani, the Gulf News wrote, “a dedicated smartphone app to hail the driverless cars will be online in the next 24 hours.”

Since it is online based service, residents and visitors will be required to download and register on the app, then hail the vehicles. At present, the vehicles cover locations such as Yas Beach, Etihad Arena and other popular sites on the island.

Fatmah Al Hantoubi, ITC section head for transportation services planning, was quoted as saying: “We have tested the cars on the roads for more than a week, and there were no safety incidents recorded over this period.

In order to further reassure users of their safety, we’ve mandated that safety officers be present onboard. They will not operate the vehicle, except in cases of a rare emergency."

SOURCE: Gulf News

 

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