Toyota exhibits Smart Taxi technology

Taxis fitted with Wi-fi router for high speed Internet for passengers

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Toyota exhibits Smart Taxi technology The Hybrid Camry Smart Taxi allows the driver to receive orders from the call centre, directly on the screen with the exact location of the customer.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  April 30, 2014

Al-Futtaim Motors showcased a Hybrid Camry Smart Taxi this week at the Middle East and North Africa Transport Congress and Exhibition.

Featuring GPS navigation, which is installed with the latest Dubai maps and a Taxi Dispatch system, the Hybrid Camry Smart Taxi allows the driver to receive orders from the call centre, directly on the screen with the exact location of the customer.

The vehicles are also fitted with an integrated meter, and a Wi-fi router that provides high speed Internet to passengers, in addition to a multi-function car reader that reads NOL or other payment cards, and can also swipe traditional credit cards.

Jon Williams, managing director of Al-Futtaim Motors said: "This event's slogan is 'Grow Your City with Public Transport'. We are very thankful to RTA, our long-term partners, for giving us the opportunity to take part in the growth of this nation's mobility, being the largest supplier of public transport vehicles in the UAE."

ITP.net previously reported, at GITEX Technology Week 2013, on the RTA's plans for its first app for ordering a taxi, where users need to shake their phone and the app will communicate with the RTA's servers and GPS system to locate the nearest taxi.

Organised by The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in collaboration with the Dubai Roads and Transport and Authority (RTA), the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and finishes today.  

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