Abu Dhabi to Start Trials for its First Driverless Car in the Mideast

Abu Dhabi’s Group 42’s Bayanat unit to start its first five driver less cars on Yas Island.

Bayanat unit to begin with 5 cars on Yas Island in Middle East, UAEs popular entertainment destination, which includes the Formula one race track and Ferrari World theme park. The firm backed by Mubadala Investment Co. plans to begin trials for its driverless ride sharing service this month, with the goal to expand the technology across the UAE. For safety purposes the cars will have safety officers onboard with few transport passengers halting on nine stops including hotels and shopping malls.

The second phase aims to include more vehicles across multiple locations in Abu Dhabi. G42 intends to launch a ride-hailing app when services are made public. They plan to make the technology available for purchase, making it useful for other vehicles.

UAEs Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the testing of driver less vehicles this month, long after Bayanat signed an agreement for launching autonomous vehicle trials in March.

What is G42 ?

Group 42 operating from energy to healthcare, is cloud computing and an artificial intelligence firm. US national security Advisor, Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is it’s chairman.

With about 1,800 hired, the company has now merged its data centre with Etisalat and is the first UAE company opening its office in Israel.
G42 also signed a deal to manufacture millions of doses of China’s Sinopharm, manufacturing the vaccine overseas for the first time.

G42 recently hired Tarikh Bin Hendi, the former Director-General at Abu Dhabi investment office, as its own Chief Investment Officer, to build a team and hire senior money managers. Wealth fund’s Chief Executive Officer Khaldoon Al Mubarak is one of the G42s board members.