UAE completes groundbreaking autonomous taxi trial

Artificial intelligence (AI) geospatial specialist Bayanat has completed a successful trial of its autonomous taxi service, TXAI, in the United Arab Emirates.

The public trials took place on Yas Island, the site of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, and saw a total of 2,733 passengers booking through the TXAI app in what the company claimed was the first ever operation of level four autonomous vehicles in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Bayanat partnered with autonomous driving technology developer WeRide to develop advanced full stack software and hardware solutions as well as operating and monitoring systems for the TXAI app. Via the app, WeRide offers Robotaxi, Mini Robobus and Robovan to provide multiple services including online ride-hailing and on-demand transport.

Chief executive of Bayant, Hasan Al Hosani, said: “The launch of TXAI is the first of its type in the Mena region, and underpins the strength of our partnership with WeRide, a global tech leader in the autonomous driving space.

“We are committed to continuing to work closely with the UAE authorities to build innovative transport systems by making strategic investments across the smart mobility value chain.”

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