Saudi Arabian university pilots autonomous delivery service

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust) in Saudi Arabia is piloting a self-driving last-mile delivery service.

The trial is being conducted by robotics and autonomous technologies specialists Teksbotics (Asia) and UISEE.

E-commerce link-up

The driverless delivery vehicle project aims to connect with local online e-commerce in Saudi Arabia and provide affordable and convenient autonomous delivery services.

Residents in the local community can interact with the delivery vehicle through mobile phone text messages and the touch screen installed on the body of the vehicle to complete the express delivery service. In the future, the autonomous delivery vehicle will be extended to other cities and places.

This vehicle is based on Teksbotics UNO autonomous delivery vehicle, specially designed for the Middle Eastern market, and UISEE’s UiBox smart city autonomous driving service solution.

The vehicle claims to accurately detect people and objects while autonomously driving on open roads, and complete the full process of delivery service, ensuring the safe delivery of packages to their destinations.

As one of Hong Kong’s largest autonomous driving solution providers, and also a strategic partner of UISEE’s multiple driverless projects, Teksbotics aims to help customers automate transportation, distribution and patrolling.

Since the Autonomous Driving Smart City Service Innovation Laboratory was established together with strategic partners in September last year, UISEE has cooperated with Teksbotics, YTO Express, ZTO Express, and SF Express to carry out a number of innovation projects within the country and overseas.

Kaust Smart and Community Life is jointly carrying out self-driving and drone delivery pilots with the National Digital Transformation Unit (NDU) to exchange knowledge and expertise in digital transformation and emerging technologies as well as contribute to realising the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 digital adoption plan.

Kaust introduced self-driving shuttles on its campus in 2019, becoming a pioneer in adopting autonomous vehicles in Saudi Arabia and aims to be a living laboratory for digital transformation and innovation.