For proof that Dubai is living in the future, look no further than Downtown where you can now stop a self-driving AI car and pick up food.
There are now two AI autoNOONomous vehicles in Downtown: one along the Burj Khalifa and the other around Burj Park.
The two cars drive along a predetermined route from 9 am to 12.30 am each day at 3km/h. To stop and buy something, waving your hand as it’s passing or touch the touchscreen.
They’re packed with sensors to detect any moving or stationary objects and can stop and move out of the way if needed.
They’re made and operated by online retailer Noon and could be the start of something big. Think drone-delivered shopping and self-driving AI shopping carts.
While you can stop them to pick up drinks, snacks and even an on-the-go sanitizer pack, they’re also very popular for selfies.
E-scooter trial gets green light
As we announced last week, Dubai has embraced the e-scooter revolution and has started a trial across five areas in the city.
And the RTA has now clarified the rules for e-scooter riders in the city. You can only park your scooter in designated spots and only one rider is allowed at a time. Riders must wear a helmet at all times and be at least 14 years old.