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Dubai’s Acacus Technologies wants driverless deliveries on the roads by 2020

Deliveries can sometimes be a nightmare for companies. From ensuring that they go out on time, to delivery vehicles battling congested routes and unavailable recipients, there’s a lot that goes into a single delivery. Which is why Dubai-based Acacus Technologies wants to help revolutionize the delivery system in the city by introducing driverless delivery vehicles on the roads by 2020.

The company made waves at GITEX last year by winning a first prize of USD 100,000 at a startup pitch competition, and has since then gone on to work extensively on logistics and delivery solutions. Their software specifically helps optimize fleet management, and their machine-learning programs have been implemented by Dubai Taxi to monitor driver alertness and behavior.

This year at GITEX Technology Week, Acacus Technologies unveiled the next plan of their development – driverless delivery vehicles. The system on display uses nine cameras retrofitted on a vehicle, as well as a range of additional sensors and an on-board computer to help the vehicle monitor its surroundings in real-time. The example on-board computer uses four GPUs to process the information collected from the sensors, which would allow the vehicle to detect and respond to its environment in a very short time.

The system can technically be installed on almost any vehicle, according to Acacus Technologies. It plans to have these driverless vehicles on the roads of Dubai by 2020, in keeping with the city’s strategy for autonomous vehicles in the emirate. The biggest benefit would be tighter planning for deliveries, faster feedback for locations and delays, and overall a much smoother management system.  

A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys reviewing PC components, 3D Printers, projectors, and anything shiny and expensive. He can also be found baking up a storm in the kitchen, which we are more than happy to encourage.