Dubai is launching a fleet of self-driving ROBOTAXIS

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Dubai is launching a fleet of self-driving ROBOTAXIS: autonomous vehicles will transport passengers across the city from 2023

  • General Motors-backed Cruise will test its autonomous vehicles in Dubai in 2023
  • If testing goes well, they will roll out a fleet of robot taxis around town shortly after
  • The vehicles can accommodate up to four people and have no steering wheel or pedals
  • Cruise hopes to have more than 4,000 vehicles in Dubai by 2030

According to vehicle manufacturer Cruise, a fleet of driverless self-driving robotic taxis could transport passengers across Dubai as early as 2023.

The company is backed by General Motors and Honda and will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, first unveiled in 2019, during the test phase in Dubai from 2023.

If the tests are successful, Cruise plans to launch a commercial ride service in the UAE city shortly after, although no set date has been announced.

Origin was designed from the ground up as a fully autonomous shared-use vehicle, without controls such as a steering wheel or pedal as in other autonomous cars.

According to vehicle manufacturer Cruise, a fleet of driverless autonomous robotic taxis could soon be carrying passengers across Dubai as early as 2023.

According to vehicle manufacturer Cruise, a fleet of driverless autonomous robotic taxis could soon be carrying passengers across Dubai as early as 2023.

The interior of a Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle that seats four passengers with plenty of legroom

The interior of a Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle that seats four passengers with plenty of legroom

The interior of a Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle that seats four passengers with plenty of legroom

An overhead display is visible in the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle - seat belts are still an important aspect despite the lack of conventional vehicle functions

An overhead display is visible in the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle - seat belts are still an important aspect despite the lack of conventional vehicle functions

An overhead display is visible in the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle – seat belts are still an important aspect despite the lack of conventional vehicle functions

Cruise says the goal is to have more than 4,000 autonomous ride-sharing vehicles in Dubai by 2030, with future destinations moving forward over time.

Although the company is testing its vehicles in Dubai, it hopes to operate the first fully commercial robo-taxi service in San Francisco by 2023.

Based in San Francisco, the company had hoped to launch taxi and ride services in 2019 – when it first unveiled the Origin – but this fell through.

According to the company, Cruise traveled about a million miles in 2019 driving almost every road in the city of California.

Therefore, they hoped to be able to offer their commercial ride-share service in the city first, as they knew almost every route, every turn and every destination.

The Origin will now go into production next year at General Motors’ Detroit plant, including the recently announced ‘Covid-19’ protections.

This includes measures to keep people socially at bay in the vehicle and efforts to decontaminate vehicles in between rates.

Dubai has set itself the goal of having 20 percent of its journeys in autonomous vehicles by 2030, the point at which Cruise expects to have 4,000 vehicles in the city.

This image from Cruise shows a rendering of the Origin prototype.  GM's self-driving car company will try to live up to its long-running promise to provide a more eco-friendly in-vehicle ride service designed to eliminate the need for human operators

This image from Cruise shows a rendering of the Origin prototype.  GM's self-driving car company will try to live up to its long-running promise to provide a more eco-friendly in-vehicle ride service designed to eliminate the need for human operators

This image from Cruise shows a rendering of the Origin prototype. GM’s self-driving car company will try to live up to its long-running promise to provide a more eco-friendly in-vehicle ride service designed to eliminate the need for human operators

The company is backed by General Motors and Honda and will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, first unveiled in 2019, during the test phase in Dubai from 2023.

The company is backed by General Motors and Honda and will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, first unveiled in 2019, during the test phase in Dubai from 2023.

The company is backed by General Motors and Honda and will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles, first unveiled in 2019, during the test phase in Dubai from 2023.

A 'start ride' button is all it takes to kick-start your journey with the Cruise Origin self-driving vehicle

A 'start ride' button is all it takes to kick-start your journey with the Cruise Origin self-driving vehicle

A ‘start ride’ button is all it takes to kick-start your journey with the Cruise Origin self-driving vehicle

The Cruise Origin has no pedals, no motor and no steering wheel, a fully electric car that can carry four passengers at once.

Rather than being a product that people can buy, it will be an “ experience people share ” – a publicly accessible form of transportation in cities to reduce emissions, Cruise said.

It is designed as a car pool car that will also function as a robot taxi, an autonomous version of Uber or a taxi.

The boxy vehicle about the size of a full-size SUV with sliding doors on each side looks like a cross between a minivan and an SUV – without a steering wheel.

HOW DOES GM WANT TO CHANGE THE RULES FOR THE SELF-DRIVING CAR?

GM has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt it from some federal standards that cannot be met with a driverless car.

Executives at the Detroit auto company said last week that they had requested 16 changes to existing vehicle safety regulations to enable deployment of the Cruise AV.

The automaker’s plans for the car would violate a number of safety regulations due to its unique design.

An example is the requirement that new cars are equipped with a steering wheel airbag, but a car without a steering wheel cannot meet this requirement.

GM proposes to “meet that standard in a different way,” said Dan Ammann, the company’s president The edge.

He said. ‘What we can do is place the equivalent of the passenger side airbag on that side as well.

“So it’s to meet the standards, but meet them in a way that’s different from what’s exactly prescribed, and that’s what the petition is trying to get approval for.”

The full list of exemptions and changes is made public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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