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Navya signs Saudi AV MoU; US companies warn of Saudi data law impact
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With Saudi Arabia's new Personal Data Protection Law scheduled to come into affect next Thursday, both law firms and US companies are taking issue with the new regulations. A new draft of the detailed regulations was published by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority a few days ago, which has prompted comment.
Meanwhile, last week, French autonomous shuttle bus developer Navya, signed an MoU in Paris with the Saudi Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services. Navya already has half a dozen of its Autonom Shuttle Evo driveless buses in operation in the Kingdom.
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#Saudi #urbanmobility - Leading autonomous mobility systems company Navya Group has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services to enable the implementation of autonomous vehicles. (Businesswire)
#Saudi #funding - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Saudi British Bank will pay out $1.1 million in business development funding to 11 innovative startups as part of a Saudi-led enterprise program. Among them, Autlient, a computer vision startup, which will receive $100,000. (Arab News)
#Oman #maritime - Digital firm Greenbird 3D recently carried out underwater survey and inspection tests using an underwater drone at the Duqm Port in Oman's Al Wusta Governorate, in coordination with The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ). (Oman Observer)
#Saudi #US #datalaw - The US Chamber of Commerce has warned Saudi Arabia that a new privacy and data law will raise the cost of doing business in the kingdom and complicate efforts to attract foreign investors and wean its economy off a dependence on oil sales. (Bloomberg)
#Qatar #education - Qatar's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Microsoft have launched a National Skilling Program, which aims to aims to provide 50,000 people with advanced digital and cloud skills. (Zawya)
#Egypt #education - The Education Development Fund of the Egyptian Cabinet announced signing a cooperation agreement with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Foundation, represented by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation (TAGUCI) in Amman, to establish the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation in Egypt. (Egypt Independent)
#UAE #training - The Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) and IBM have launched a new series of AI training workshops that have been specifically developed for Abu Dhabi government, beginning with the training of employees from 13 government entities. (Zawya)
#UAE #media - The second Artificial Intelligence Journalism World Forum (AIJWF) took place this week at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Dubai. This year's theme was "Media of Metaverse and Covidization of Media Industry".