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Cruise to Run Driverless Taxis in Dubai

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April 15, 2021—Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has reached a deal with the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to operate self-driving taxis.

According to the press release, this is a first-of-its-kind deal for a city outside of the United States. Local officials in Dubai hope to drastically lower traffic accidents, injuries and deaths by using autonomous technology.

Preparations for the launch of the self-driving service will start shortly. The operation of Cruise self-driving vehicles will start with a limited number of vehicles in 2023, with plans to scale up to 4,000 vehicles by 2030,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, in the press release.

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