The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in partnership with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and talabat UAE, has announced the pilot launch of autonomous food delivery robots, also known as “talabots,” in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).
This initiative aims to revolutionise sustainable last-mile delivery in the UAE by encouraging the use of zero-emission modes of delivery and employing advanced technology to enhance efficiency.
The pilot phase will introduce three “talabots” that will serve the residents of Cedre Villas, a gated community in the heart of DSO, which is a member of DIEZ. The “talabots” are designed for high efficiency and harmonious urban living and will travel within a 3-kilometre radius from the Cedre shopping Centre launch point to ensure a speedy 15-minute delivery time.
The launch of autonomous delivery robots is part of an ambition to support riders in the next generation of sustainable delivery by having robots cover short-distance deliveries, increasing efficiency, fleet optimisation, and reducing carbon emissions.
DSO hosted the tests for candidates, specifically the second round, which focused on “Self-driving Logistical Services,” including ground transport and drones. This initiative is part of the RTA’s ambitions to expand the deployment of self-driving transport at all levels by enabling and empowering leading companies in the sector. Self-driving transport plays a fundamental pillar in RTA’s strategy, and the agency has launched several innovative projects in recent years aimed at making self-driving transport a tangible reality in Dubai.