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Dubai Police to have driverless vehicles on roads by 2020
By A Staff Reporter May 13, 2018
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DUBAI: As a step forward to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, Dubai Police General Command has signed an MOU with Acacus Technologies, to have driverless patrol vehicles on Dubai roads by 2020. The driverless vehicles are planned to be on Dubai roads phase-wise. The first phase will have capabilities including cameras and video analytics. Whereas the subsequent phases will include object detection, tracking, and advanced driverless technology.

Acacus Technologies is Dubai’s home-grown technology leader. Acacus is a pioneer in developing autonomous vehicle technology and state-of-the-art transportation management. It has developed solutions with cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Acacus is already providing its intelligent fleet management solutions to leading government enterprises, corporates and airlines across UAE, MENA and globally. As per signed MOU, Acacus will be revamping the entire fleet of Dubai Police’s patrol vehicles, phase wise, to develop and integrate it into driverless technology. Each phase will add new and advanced capabilities. Acacus will be developing and innovating software and hardware solutions for this project. Since its inception in 2013 Acacus has been one of the fastest growing technology leaders in the region. And it plans to dominate the mobility and transportation space globally with artificial intelligence and machine learning based software and hardware solutions. Acacus specializes in providing cost-effective technology solutions.

The MOU was signed by the General Command of the Dubai Police department, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police and Founder & CEO of Acacus Technologies Mr. Talal Ben Halim in presence of Rashid Ahmed Bin Rasheed, Chairman of Board of Acacus Group, Major General Engineer Mohammed Saif Al-Zafin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief Operations, Brigadier Dr. Mohammed Nasser Abdul Razzaq Al-Razzouqi, Director of Administration General for Transport and Rescue, his Deputy Brigadier General Ahmed Shahil, directors of the departments sub-departments General for Transport and Rescue and number of officers.

Speaking on the occasion of signing the MOU, the Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said: This MOU is in compliance and directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai world’s smartest city by harnessing technology in the service of all and with best international practices.  The Dubai Police General Headquarters are keen to adopt and implement best in class technology to service everyone, combating crime and reducing it. Also with the focus on increasing the productivity of our services”. 

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the Board of Acacus Group, Rashid Ahmed Bin Rasheed said “At Acacus we are proud to contribute in making Dubai the global hub of technological innovation. As a technology leader in the mobility space, the vision of Acacus is to provide state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions for intelligent fleet management. In coming years, we plan to be the global leader in bringing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to the transportation space and be instrumental in driving operational efficiency, optimizing resources and reducing costs for our esteemed clients”.

Speaking on the occasion Talal Ben Halim, CEO and Founder of Acacus Technologies said: “It is a proud moment for all of us at Acacus, to be part of a prestigious project for Dubai Police. The vision laid down by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is an inspiration for all of us. It guides us in pushing the boundaries of technology further, especially in artificial intelligence and machine learning, for a common goal of making Dubai the smartest city in the world. We are excited to have the driverless patrol vehicles on roads well ahead of our target launch date”.

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