Dubai Kick Starts Autonomous Taxi Service With 50 Tesla Vehicles
In a vehicle deal that was made between the United Arab Emirates and Tesla, the former has delivered 50 of its promised 200 cars for the country’s autonomous taxi services. The fleet includes both the Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, each equipped with Tesla’s latest Autopilot software. The goal is for the cars to evolve into a fully autonomous taxi service in the coming years.
According to Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA):
“Tesla vehicles procured by the RTA of Models (S) and (X) are equipped with the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level greater than that of a human driver. Tesla’s Autopilot is designed as a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable by reducing the driver’s workload.”