Noon seeks autonomous vehicles for future deliveries
The company will trial autonomous vehicles to complete its last-mile delivery in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Digital marketplace, Noon, has announced that it is looking into incorporating driverless technologies into its delivery services to give customers in the region a higher quality experience.
Towards this end, the company has announced its partnership with Chinese technology company, Neolix, to trial driverless delivery vehicles designed to make last-mile delivery even smoother. Over the next few weeks, noon.com will trial autonomous vehicles to complete its last-mile delivery in key areas of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The driverless vehicles will be built by Neoflix who have deep knowledge and experience with the productisation of autonomous technology. The driverless vans are being especially customised to suit the region’s weather conditions, and are being seamlessly integrated with noon’s logistics platform. As well as being reliable and speedy, driverless vehicle technology can remove up to 90 per cent of the cost associated with the last mile of delivery.
“Introducing new technology to the region that will improve the e-commerce experience for customers is something we’re incredibly excited about. Noon is very proud to bring driverless delivery vans to streets in our cities. We look forward to bringing many such innovations over the next few months. We are a hungry, talented and ambitious nation. I hope it will inspire our tech-driven youth to dream big and to achieve those dreams because everything is possible here,” said Alabbar.
The partnership between Noon and Neoflix follows the recent announcement of a new resolution that regulates autonomous vehicle testing in Dubai. The new resolution is part of the first phase of a legislative framework being created to ensure the highest efficiency, reliability, and security of smart mobility.
The UAE continues to lead the region and remains among the world’s top 10 countries that are best prepared for driverless vehicles. According to KPMG’s 2019 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, the UAE placed ahead of many developed countries like Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, France, South Korea, and China in terms of their preparedness for autonomous vehicles. The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, in particular, aims to make 25 per cent of all transportation autonomous by 2030.
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