A NOTE FROM THE ED­I­TOR

PAROMITA DEY

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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.

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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.

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