TXAI, the UAE’s First Autonomous Taxi Operation Completes Successful Phase 1 Trial

First ever Level 4 autonomous vehicles in MENA region

Over 16,600 kms of autonomous driving accomplished

TXAI, the UAE’s first autonomous taxi operation completes successful Phase 1 trial (Photo: Business Wire)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--()--Bayanat, a G42 company, and the leader in geospatial intelligence, data analytics and AI, has announced the successful completion of phase 1 trials of its first autonomous taxi service called TXAI. As one of Bayanat’s key partners, WeRide, a global leader in Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, provides TXAI with its advanced full stack software and hardware solutions and state-of-the-art operating and monitoring systems.

Bayanat also worked closely with other key collaborators, Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Integrated Transport Centre and Miral Asset Management to run the operation which was first announced at the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit in November 2021.

Operated under full compliance of regulations, the public trials took place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, between 23rd November and 27th December 2021, with over 2,733 passengers booking the service through the TXAI app which could be downloaded through the Apple and Google Play Stores. Over 16,600 kms of autonomous driving was accomplished.

Bayanat is currently working closely with its partners and the UAE authorities to launch the second phase of the program, scheduled for mid-2022, which will include 10 TXAIs operating across numerous Abu Dhabi locations.

Bayanat’s CEO, Hasan Al Hosani, commented:

“The launch of TXAI is the first of its type in the MENA region, and underpins the strength of our partnership with WeRide, a global tech leader in the autonomous driving space. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the UAE authorities to build innovative transport systems by making strategic investments across the smart mobility value chain.

WeRide’s Founder and CEO Tony Han said:

“WeRide is very excited to work with Bayanat to bring industry-leading autonomous driving technologies and services to the UAE and the wider region. We are inspired by Bayanat’s commitment to building innovative transport systems. Together we leverage the partnership to make greater impacts for a smart future. Like Thomas Edison invented light bulb for the mankind, WeRide is dedicated to developing the best autonomous driving for all human beings.’’

About Bayanat:

Bayanat, a G42 company, provides comprehensive world-class AI-powered geospatial intelligence to a growing number of sectors such as Defense, Environment, Energy & Resources, Smart Cities and Transportation. It’s offering includes topographic, hydrographic and aeronautical products and charts, as well as spatial data surveying, analysis, management, modelling, visualization and cartography services. Bayanat’s solutions harness vast amounts of premium and unique data from a range of sources including Satellites, High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and Earth Observation powered by AI to drive geospatial intelligence (gIQ).

For more information, please visit: www.bayanat.ai
For media enquiries, please send an email to: media@bayanat.ai

About WeRide:

WeRide is a global leading company that develops Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, bringing new products, new business models and new experiences to smart cities.

WeRide has received strategic investments from top-tier global automakers including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Yutong Group and GAC Group. It is the first startup in the world to hold driverless test permits in both China and the US.

Through strategic alliances with car makers, mobility and logistics service platforms, WeRide offers an all-rounded product mix of Robotaxi, Mini Robobus and Robovan to provide multiple services including online ride-hailing, on-demand transport and urban logistics.

WeRide launched China’s first Robotaxi service, completely open to the public, in November 2019, in Guangzhou, China, covering an area of 144 square kilometers. WeRide has also conducted commercial pilot operations and fully driverless testing for Mini Robobus and Robovan.

Established in 2017, WeRide is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, and maintains R&D and operation centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Anqing, as well as San Jose in the US. It employs a highly skilled team of over 800 employees around the globe and has extensive domestic and international experience in R&D, business development and operations.

For more information, please visit: Website: www.weride.ai
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Media Inquiries:
Jinyan Ou, Director of MKT & PR, WeRide
Jinyan.ou@weride.ai, +86 13427500859


Media Inquiries:
Jinyan Ou, Director of MKT & PR, WeRide
Jinyan.ou@weride.ai, +86 13427500859