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RTA shows future of transport

Gives a glimpse into the future of transport at GITEX Technology Week

The RTA’s flying taxi is at GITEX.
The RTA’s flying taxi is at GITEX.

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is giving a glimpse into the future of transport at GITEX Technology Week.

Among the new initiatives announced by Dubai's transport authority are a smart pedestrian crossing, S'hail integrated transport app, Dubai Drive app and a new loyalty points scheme for the nol card.

The RTA has also given showgoers an advanced look at the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT).

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) says: "The launch of this new package of apps and smart services heralds the implementation of the initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

"Realising this objective requires rendering RTA services accessible to clients via mobile phones 24/7 all year round, to enhance customers' experience and happiness," he adds.

The new offerings from the RTA include S'hail, an ‘Integrated Mobility Platform'.

According to the RTA, the S'hail app provides a single window for users into all of the various transport modes in Dubai, including metro, tram, buses, waterbus and taxis from the RTA, and private services such as e-Hail, Uber and Careem.

In addition, the transport authority says the app will allow users to plan, book and pay for a journey which uses multiple transport modes, all through the S'hail app.

Other features from the RTA include the Smart Crossing, a pedestrian crossing equipped with sensors which will show when a person is on the crossing and ensure that they have time to cross safely.

The updated Dubai Drive app provides a single solution for Dubai drivers to find parking, pay Salik and earn green points with each transaction completed through smart devices.

The highly anticipated ‘drone taxi' is also on show at GITEX. The two-seater Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), manufactured by Volocopter, was was trialed in the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council. The electric-powered taxi is kept aloft by 18 rotors, with a range of safety features to reassure passengers.