Dubai Is Launching a Fleet of Driverless Robotaxis



A fleet of driverless robot taxis could be ferrying passengers around Dubai as early as 2023. Vehicle manufacturer Cruise, backed by General Motors and Honda, will use its fully autonomous Origin vehicles during the testing phase. If the tests are successful, Cruise plans to launch a commercial ride-hailing service in Dubai soon after. The Cruise Origin has no pedals, no engine, and no steering wheel, a fully electric vehicle that can take four passengers at a time. The boxy vehicle about the size of a large SUV with sliding doors on each side looks like a cross between a mini-van and SUV. Rather than being a product people can buy, it will be an experience people share – a publicly accessible form of transportation in cities to reduce emissions.