DUBAI // A US software company testing a robot taxi service in Singapore says the UAE would be an ideal testing ground for its driverless cars.
Doug Parker, chief operating officer of nuTonomy, said it was also a viable market for the taxi service, which he claimed would reduce traffic accidents.
“It’s a great market for a number of reasons,” he said. “It has good geography, no snow, no rain and good regulations.
“We’re intrigued. We’d love to come and learn more. We’ve had conversations with countries and we’re still open to where our second and third markets will be.”
Mr Parker would not say whe-ther his company was talking to parties in the UAE. But he insisted driverless vehicles would vastly improve safety.
“A driverless car never drinks, it never gets a phone call or a text message, and the sensors are 360 degrees,” he said.
“We would also like get the cars to talk to each other so if it sees a car braking hard in front of it, it can tell the 10 cars behind it to slow down and be careful.” More info
By Dana Moukhallati www.thenational.ae