A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Keeping in line with the UAE Vision 2021 revolving around sustainability, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit.
The autonomous pods – launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation – are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached – depending on the riders’ destination – in five seconds. Each pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion.
In addition to this, in line with its efforts to provide a better quality of life in the Middle East, Bee’ah underscored its unshakeable vision for sustainability by purchasing the first and largest fleet of Tesla Semi trucks in the Middle East. The announcement was made in-line with Bee’ah’s participation at the World Future Energy Summit, held in Abu Dhabi from January 15-18, 2018.
The organisation placed an order for 50 of the automotive brand’s revolutionary all-electric vehicles immediately after their launch on November 16. The incoming Tesla Semi trucks, which enter production in 2019, will primarily be used for waste collection and transportation, including transportation of materials for recovery. They will also add to Bee’ah’s growing fleet of vehicles, which total over 1,000 today, and continue upgrading the organisation’s transport options in making the fleet as eco-friendly as possible. Overall, Bee’ah’s modernised fleet will continue to make a significant contribution to reducing the company’s carbon footprint, and that is by using the new Tesla Semi trucks alongside the existing electric vehicles, the vehicles that run on compressed natural gas and the ones that run on bio diesel, in addition to the boats that use solar energy while cleaning lakes and water bodies.
Dubai sits on the cusp of every technology and sustainability innovations and constantly coming up with new solutions to go with the same.