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NEOM invests US$100M in to activate autonomous vehicles in NEOM and across the Middle East; new JV

NEOM, the smart and sustainable regional development in northwest Saudi Arabia, is investing US$100 million, through the NEOM Investment Fund (NIF), into, a leading global autonomous driving company. Additionally, a joint venture will be established for autonomous technology solutions for the region.

Through the joint venture, NEOM and will develop, manufacture and deliver autonomous driving services, advanced vehicles, and smart vehicle infrastructure in NEOM and key markets in MENA (Middle East and North Africa).

The joint venture will include a local autonomous vehicle manufacturing and R&D facility. NEOM is a strategic industrial location for the development of’s autonomous vehicle technology within the region.

We are delighted to partner with NEOM, to combine's world-class autonomous driving technology and operations experience with NEOM’s vision to be the ‘the land of the future, where the greatest minds and best talents are empowered to embody pioneering ideas’ to develop, manufacture and deliver autonomous mobility services and vehicles to the region. As a leading global autonomous driving technology company, this major regional expansion for is a milestone for our global aspirations and our vision of ‘autonomous mobility everywhere’ and will advance the development of the global AV industry into a new stage.

—Dr. James Peng, co-founder and CEO at

NEOM’s unique regional development provides a global living lab for advancing autonomous mobility as a key part of its multi-modal sustainable transport system, powered by 100% renewable energy. Being built from the ground up, without the challenge of existing infrastructure, NEOM offers an ideal environment for refining and implementing autonomous mobility solutions on land, sea and air, and builds on its previous investments in eVTOL and electric seaglider technologies. is the first to operate fully driverless vehicles in both Beijing and Guangzhou and is among the first in China to obtain licenses to operate fully driverless vehicles in all four Tier-1 Cities in China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen).


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