Dubai taxis have introduced a new system to monitor and track the behaviour of taxi drivers. Roads and Transport Authority had launched an Artificial Intelligence technology to monitor drowsy and distracted driving. Besides monitoring behavior, the system will also ensure drivers and passengers wear facemask and follow social distancing. Meanwhile, Dubai Now Has New Radars To Catch People Using Mobile Phones While Driving, so watch out!
How Does The New AI System Work?
The system works on audio messages which detect sudden lane changes, abrupt braking or when the driver is too close to another vehicle. The technology helps RTA to access the performance of the driver in a continuous manner. Driver caught making mistakes will be alerted or be sent on rehabilitation courses.
Dubai Welcomes The Region’s First Female Public Bus Drivers
The Dubai RTA recruited the first batch of three female bus drivers. The three new appointees started ferrying passengers on different routes from July 3. The initiative has made Dubai the first city in the Middle East to take this step. The new initiative was welcomed with open hands by the residents. Many took to Twitter to appreciate RTA for giving women a chance and the effort it took to encourage gender equality.
RTA has recently recruited the first batch of three female bus drivers for deployment on the internal bus network, thus becoming the first entity in the Middle East region to take this initiative. https://t.co/6pqh6VIL3f pic.twitter.com/RMw08B7Qeo
— RTA (@rta_dubai) July 6, 2020
AI System Detects Passengers Who Aren’t Wearing A Mask
In an effort to curb the spread of Covid, the Dubai RTA has installed AI in taxis to curb the spread of Covid. The artificial intelligence technology can detect people who aren’t wearing a mask. The AI technology can scan human faces and also detect if they are wearing masks or not. The technology also has a smart mathematical feature that can track the distance between the passenger and the driver. The technology can process videos for up to 200 thousand hours per day. Besides, Dubai Taxis Also Installed Isolators To Avoid Risks Of COVID-19 Infection.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) June 15, 2020
Rules For Passengers Using Public Transport
In line with the precautions to curb coronavirus, the Dubai RTA released a new set of rules. Here’s an overview of the new rules for Dubai Metro, taxis, trams and buses:
- All passengers must wear a face mask while traveling by all public transport including taxis
- Residents having a fever or flu symptoms are advised not to use public transport
- Taxis and limousines are now restricted to only carry two passengers at a time, to ensure social distancing
- Passengers must sit ONLY in alternate seats in metros, trams and buses. Besides, riders are strictly advised against sitting on seats marked with an ‘X’
- Those standing in metros, trams or buses must maintain safe distance by staying on the demarcated floor stickers