The autonomous vehicles are one of three tech challenges identified by the airline
Emirates airline will develop a fleet of autonomous vehicles to assist in airside operations as part of its participation in the Dubai Future Accelerator’s programme.
Speaking at the offices of Dubai Future Accelerators on Saturday, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief operations officer said that the vehicles will completely powered by solar or electrical energy and will deliver a 50 percent improvement in operational efficiency.
The autonomous vehicles are one of three technology “challenges” identified by the airline, which also include using AI to transform cabin crew training and education, and the development of a solution to “integrate the needs” of Emirates passengers during their travel experience, including chauffeur service, meal selection and shopping.
On Saturday, the Emirates Lab at Dubai Future Accelerators was visited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said that the aviation industry must strive to introduce innovative and sustainable solutions to enhance operations, procedures and the overall passenger experience.
Also in attendance on Saturday were His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Deputy Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed Al Gergawi.