Dubai-based technology group, Eniverse Technologies, and Skycart, a San Francisco-based drones company, announced yesterday that they have joined forces to create ‘Space Autonomous Drones’, a new business that will specialize in using drones for door-to-door delivery in less than 30 minutes by as soon as 2018.
Once approval from the Dubai government is secured, customers will be able to ship goods and products weighing 5kg or less to areas such as Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs, The Greens, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim with plans to eventually cover the rest of the U.A.E and GCC countries.
The market value for drone technology in the region is expected to skyrocket to $1.5 billion by 2022.
Delivery tests are on the way for September 2017, with plans in place for collaborations with Emirates Post, Souq, DHL, Amazon, UPS, Aramex and the Alibaba group.
“We will provide unique services that will enhance the experience of all Dubai residents,” CEO of Eniverse Technologies and founder of Space Autonomous Drones, Mohammed Johmani, said in a press release.
Space Autonomous Drones will operate 24/7, 365 days of the year, using self-steering technology that does not require any human interaction.
Lukas Wrede, Founder & CEO of Skycart, emphasized the need of a “one-of-a-kind service that suits this one-of-a-kind city”.
Cutting-edge technology and innovative benchmarking is nothing new for Dubai and its grand initiative for a Smart City by 2021.
Dubai’s Road and Transportation Authority (RTA) has been testing autonomous air taxis since June 2017, and a trial operation is already strapped in for the fourth quarter of 2017.