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Dubai's RTA, FedEx ink deal to launch autonomous delivery device

Roads and Transport Authority and FedEx Express plan to launch the autonomous delivery device Roxo in Dubai

Dubai's RTA, FedEx ink deal to launch autonomous delivery device
The Dubai launch will be the debut for the autonomous personal delivery device outside of the United States.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, have signed an agreement to launch the autonomous delivery device Roxo.

The Dubai launch will be the debut for the autonomous personal delivery device outside of the United States.

Roxo has features including pedestrian-safe technology from the iBot plus advanced technology such as LiDAR and multiple cameras, allowing the zero-emission, battery-powered bot to be aware of its surroundings.

These features are coupled with machine-learning algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles, plot a safe path, and allow the bot to follow road and safety rules. Proprietary technology also makes it highly capable, allowing it to navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and to even climb some steps for an extraordinary door-to-door delivery experience.

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Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, signed on behalf of RTA and James R Muhs, regional president for FedEx Express in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, signed on behalf of FedEx Express.

“We are proud that Dubai will be the future host of the delivery device Roxo for the first time outside of the United States. This step complements the UAE AI Strategy, Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, and RTA’s first strategic goal: Smart Dubai. This autonomous personal delivery device will play a new role in the last-mile delivery challenge as it is designed to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides, safely delivering smaller shipments to customers’ homes and businesses,” said Bahrozyan.

“Dubai has become a fertile land for cutting-edge technologies of smart mobility thanks to its advanced infrastructure. RTA applauds the announcement move by FedEx to name Dubai as a future test location for Roxo, and the first city in the world outside the USA to host this appearance,” he added.

Muhs said: “We are excited for Dubai to be the first international city to host an appearance by Roxo. Dubai is recognised internationally as a future-forward city, and has great ambitions for driving AI technologies in delivering mobility services."

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