noon, the Middle East’s homegrown digital marketplace formed in the region and powered by the region’s leading retailers, has declared it has joined with Chinese technology company Neolix to trial driverless delivery vehicles intended to make last-mile delivery still smoother.
Pushing the limits of technology in the area is core to noon.com’s qualities. This partnership with Neolix, a Beijing-based technology company specializing in the R&D and the production of autonomous vehicles, is the following stage in delivery innovation.
Mohamed Alabbar, noon.com’s founder get into a memorandum of understand (MoU) with Neolix Huitong (Beijing) Technology co., LTD, to bring autonomous delivery vehicles into the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. This will be the first time such technology has been utilized in the region and will open a new spectrum of opportunity to acquaint amazing powerful Chinese technology to the world.
Mohamed Alabbar, founder of noon.com, said of the partnership, “Acquainting new technology to the region that will improve the e-commerce experience for clients is something we’re unfathomably amped up for. noon is extremely pleased to bring driverless delivery vans to streets in our cities. We anticipate bringing many such innovations over the next few months. We are a ravenous, skilled and aspiring nation. I hope it will move our tech-driven youth to think beyond and to accomplish those dreams because everything is possible here.”
Autonomous technology has been changing the manner that companies deliver goods and services to consumers overseas. Presently, with the assistance of noon.com and Neoflix, the similar technology will be available here in the region. Throughout the following weeks, noon.com will trial autonomous vehicles to complete its last-mile delivery in key areas of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The driverless vehicles will be created by Neoflix who have profound knowledge and experience with the productization of autonomous technology. The driverless vans are being especially customized to suit the region’s weather conditions, and are being seamlessly integrated with noon’s logistics platform.
Having already created a hyper-efficient homegrown logistics and supply chain setup in the KSA, the UAE and Egypt, noon.com is presently hoping to make the last mile of deliveries even smoother to give customers in the region a higher quality experience. As well as being dependable and speedy, driverless vehicle technology can remove up to 90% of the cost associated with the last mile of delivery. This partnership between Neolix and noon furthers noon’s commitment to bring the best technology and solutions to serve our region’s ecommerce customers.
The Neolix project incubation started in 2015 and since then has developed and industrialized the production of autonomous vehicles targeting commercial applications, delivering 150 L4 autonomous driving vehicles. Currently, Neolix has 4 types of products: Retail, Express, Freight, and Patrol. Neolix's mission is to reconstruct the infrastructure for future city logistics, a mission that is in accordance with noon.com’s tech-driven vision. With over 10 years' experiences in smart logistics, the Neolix team embraces the pioneering spirit to turn prototypes into usable products. Neolix vehicles are already in operation in various tourist attractions, campuses, and logistics parks across China.
Primarily an advanced digital e-commerce platform utilizing homegrown technology capabilities, noon has rapidly built deep native capabilities in its marketplace, fulfillment, logistics and payments platforms. noon promises to bring customers in the region more choice, affordability and convenience across a wide range of products including electronics, fashion, beauty, baby, home and kitchen, as well as free, fast delivery and free returns.