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Advanced Tech Adoption & Innovation Are UAE’s Top Priority

The United Arab Emirates is actively seeking to overcome technological challenges and will explore futuristic approaches to improve the digital economy.

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Omar Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, has explained that the adoption of advanced technologies is a top priority for the region, as the Emirates continues to push forward with its vision of an advanced digital economy through innovation. Although there are many challenges to overcome, the UAE is making incredible progress across multiple scientific and technological sectors, and has embraced a future-centric approach to developing and overhauling its economy.

Omar Sultan Al Olama recently visited the Industrial Innovation Group (IIG), a leading security printing, biometric and global systems innovator, headquartered in Sharjah. The Minister’s mission was to explore the group’s scientific research lab, uncover new trends in advanced technology, and discuss potential collaboration opportunities.

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The Minister of State for all things digital noted that when it comes to technology, the most innovative and forward-thinking tools must be deployed to ensure safety, quality, and reliability. Omar Sultan Al Olama praised the Industrial Innovation Group for its success in building a sizable operational base, with 263 centers for passports around the globe and 367 centers for licenses. In addition, the IIG group’s 400 intellectual property assets will help the UAE to lead in security documents and technology solutions worldwide.

The Industrial Innovation Group is the first group in the MENA region to establish real industrial production and implement system integration. IIG is the only company in the field of production of identification documents and security printing worldwide that does not depend on third-party technologies in its activities.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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