Saudi-developed tech showcased at GITEX

The Saudi Interior Ministry was at GITEX in Dubai to showcase their latest technology. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi-developed tech showcased at GITEX

  • They include advanced radars and cameras on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders to detect any external threats among others
  • GITEX gathers important ministries, technology companies, and entrepreneurs to showcase their latest offerings

DUBAI: Multiple models of Saudi-developed security technology are being showcased at GITEX Technology Week 2019 in Dubai.

They include advanced radars and cameras that have been installed on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders to detect any external threats.

Engineer Samy Al-Hubaishi told Arab news that more cameras and radars will be deployed in other Saudi borders.

“The cameras are working efficiently, and thankfully have achieved remarkable successes,” Al-Hubaishi said. 

Drone shields have also been installed with new technology that sends electromagnetic waves to block communication between the aircraft and its controller.

The technology is considered one of the solutions to prevent external drones attacks.

The showcase took place shortly after Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were attacked by drones and cruise missiles. The attack was claimed by the Houthi militia in Yemen, however, the United States and Riyadh pointed the finger to Iran, as data collected from the wreckage site indicated that the attack came from the north, ruling out Yemen. 

The Saudi ambassador to the UAE, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakheel, visited the Saudi Interior Ministry’s pavilion at GITEX on Monday.
He was briefed on the smart technologies and solutions that are contributing to safeguarding the Kingdom’s security, the Saudi Press Agency reported. More than 1,000 people have visited the pavilion so far.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Updated 12 August 2020

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.