The plan is for Kiwibot to work with Careem to autonomously fulfill local orders in Dubai.
Kiwibot has already established operations in a variety of other cities around the world, but this is the first deployment in the middle east.
Dubai is a well suited urban environment for Kiwibot operations, say the two companies.
The city infrastructure includes wide sidewalks and consistent (albeit hot) weather. Kiwibots operate only on the sidewalk, and can actively avoid obstacles, including pedestrians.
The partnership also includes the Dubai’s Roads Transport Authority (RTA).
Dubai RTA is onboard to help ensure the successful rollout of the delivery program and supports the pilot programs on the path to making Dubai a “smarter city”.
Kiwibot and Careem expect to bring sidewalk delivery to Dubai and study the feasibility of the market and assess the best geographical locations, which will include college campuses and highly dense residential areas.
The project will start with the fulfillment of food and grocery items in residential areas within Dubai.