Dubai-based port operator DP World is to consider potential uses for Tesla technology in its global operations following a meeting between the bosses of the two companies.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO, and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discussed possible collaboration at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Topics revolved around the use of Tesla battery solutions for renewable energy storage in the global trade enabler’s ports and terminals in the fast growing markets of Africa, India and Latin America, a statement said.
Bin Sulayem said he is now also exploring possible implementations of Tesla’s state-of-the-art technology to further enhance DP World’s impact on global trade.
DP World’s Rotterdam World Gateway is already employing driverless cars at its terminal, while several other DP World operations are in the process of implementing the new technology.
Tesla’s decision to set up its regional headquarters in Dubai, which was announced at the Summit, complements DP World’s vision to adopt innovative and sustainable transport solutions across its portfolio, he added.
Sulayem said: “As a global trade enabler, we think ahead, foresee change and prepare for it. Mr Musk’s vision to revolutionise transportation holds tremendous potential for enhancing our operational efficiencies and ensuring the smoother and faster movement of goods.
"It also resonates with our vision to lead the future of world trade and to do so in a sustainable manner so that we leave a legacy we can be proud of."
On Tuesday, Dubai's transport authority said it has signed an agreement with US-based Tesla to buy 200 electric vehicles fitted with autonomous driving technology.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the new vehicles will be added to the limousine fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC).