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Dubai Robot Maker To Triple Workforce And Build New Plant

Micropolis is preparing for a $37 million New York Stock Exchange listing that will help the company deliver 350+ robots a year.

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Micropolis, a Dubai-based manufacturer specializing in autonomous mobile robots, plans to construct a new production plant and triple its workforce using cash from an upcoming New York Stock Exchange listing.

Once operational in Dubai Production City, the Micropolis factory plans to produce one robot a day to meet a growing customer demand.

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Micropolis currently produces two autonomous robots: a golf cart-sized machine known as the M1 and a smaller M2 model which both use the same platform that combines autonomy and advanced AI features.

In 2018, Dubai’s police department became interested in the technology being developed by Micropolis and commissioned an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) featuring AI to help survey areas and improve crime prevention.

micropolis founder and ceo fareed aljawhari

“We have software developed in-house called Microspot, equipped with five AI engines – facial recognition, behavior analysis, ANPR [automatic number-plate recognition], criminal logic, and suspect matrix. It makes the robot drive like a patrol car and think like a police officer. It reports suspicious activity, and Dubai Police can scan and keep an eye on communities 24 hours a day,” explained Fareed Aljawhari, Micropolis founder and CEO.

A smaller version of the robot will be trialed in April 2024 before being introduced to more areas later in the year.

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Micropolis robots have also shown potential in the oil and gas industries for pipe surveillance and can also be used to collect and sort garbage. Meanwhile, Neom, Saudi Arabia’s futuristic mega city, is interested in using similar security robots to one developed for Dubai Police.

Since 2018, Micropolis has raised over $8 million in funds from overseas investors and is expected to raise another $37 million from an imminent New York Stock Exchange listing.

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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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