Who’s gonna drive you home?

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Ca­reem, the app-based taxi book­ing ser­vice, has an­nounced plans to make 25 per cent of all jour­neys in Dubai driver­less by the year 2030. The ini­tia­tive will see bat­tery-pow­ered, self-driv­ing pods be­ing used across the MENA re­gion. The pods, which are elec­tric and driver­less, can drive in­di­vid­u­ally or by at­tach­ing them­selves to other pods to form a bus-like struc­ture in which trav­ellers will be free to move from one pod to an­other. The ini­tia­tive is the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween Ca­reem and Next, the com­pany be­hind the pods. Once op­er­a­tional the pods will be able to seat six pas­sen­gers and al­low up to 10 stand­ing pas­sen­gers. They can also be “spe­cialised” to pro­vide smart ser­vices such as a mod­u­lar restau­rant, liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, en­ter­tain­ment, of­fice and bat­tery swap ser­vices. The ser­vice will also pro­vide per­son­alised pick-up ar­eas.

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