• AI implementation credited with reduction in bus crashes in Dubai

    The implementation of AI has been credited with the sharp decline in the number of accidents caused by fatigued bus drivers on Dubai’s congested roads.

  • Cisco unveils concepts for connected roadways and seamless travel

    Cisco announced its range of concepts designed to create a seamless experience for tourists and commuters as they navigate urban cities at Gitex Technology Week 2019.

  • Dubai deemed global pioneer in smart mobility

    Industry leaders say Dubai is now a global pioneer for the use of autonomous vehicles as part of a futuristic transport network.  

  • Dubai Taxi Corporation launches new taxis equipped with smart cameras

    RTA's Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has launched "Al Yamama" initiative where DTC's taxis will be fitted with smart cameras. These cameras will monitor the movement of the taxi driver and objects in the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

  • Dubai: the first city outside the US to operate self-driving vehicles by 2023

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Cruise, a General Motors subsidiary, signed a strategic partnership to operate autonomous vehicles — robotaxis — in the emirates by 2023. As a result, Dubai will be the first city outside the US to operate self-driving Cruise vehicles.

  • Dubai’s RTA and Uber meet to discuss affordable mobility solutions

    Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has had discussions with Uber regarding boosting cooperation and the initial results of a study for offering new budget mobility products in support of Dubai Vision 2021 with a view to meeting the needs of customers seeking affordable mobility solutions.

  • Dubai’s RTA announces new project to expand its smart traffic system

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a Dhs590m ($160.6m) project to manage its smart traffic system with the aim of containing bottlenecks and accidents through a control center which will be built in Al Barsha.

  • Dubai’s RTA committed to increasing safety with smart school buses

    With the aim of improving Dubai and RTA's reliable school transport service, RTA's Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) announced its plan to run a fleet of 368 buses to lift about 8873 students in 17 schools contracted for the new academic year. The number of buses and schools grew from 270 buses serving 14 schools during the academic year 2016-2017.

  • Dubai’s RTA fits 5000 trucks with smart monitoring devices

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai confirmed that more than 5,000 heavy vehicles have been fitted with smart monitoring devices that remotely detect vehicle faults and drivers' attitudes on roads. The service, which has been launched via the recently opened Vehicles Safety Center at Jebel Ali Free Zone, has become mandatory to all companies operating trucks exceeding 20 years in service.

  • New smart time management system for taxis in Dubai

    Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is launching a Smart Time Management System (STMS) at venues of various events such as exhibitions and conferences. The system enables RTA to get real time data on numbers of visitors and accordingly deploy the appropriate number of transit means. It also enables passengers to get information on the number of available vehicles along with the expected waiting time.

  • RTA applies augmented reality for Dubai Tram maintenance

    As part of its commitment to using technologies that serve time and effort as well as punctuality of operational processes, Road Transport Authority (RTA) is using augmented reality (AR) in the maintenance of the Dubai Tram.

  • RTA confirms it has started trialing ‘smart license’ plates

    The Road Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that it has commenced trials on 'smart license' plates in Dubai. The Authority has embarked upon a number of highly ambitious and unique transportation projects in the last few years such as autonomous buses and flying taxis. This latest project involving 'smart license' plates is part of Dubai Smart City initiative.

  • RTA introduce smart signals in effort to reduce pedestrian accidents in Dubai

    Road and Transport Authority (RTA) have begun trialing smart signals technology in an effort to ensure a safe crossing for pedestrians and reduce the number of accidents in Dubai. The RTA have begun conducting tests and the sensor-based light system was installed by RTA on Al Saada Street, which is located in the densely-populated area close to Dubai's financial district.

  • RTA partners with Next Future Transportation to test autonomous pods at World Government Summit

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in cooperation with Next Future Transportation, launched the first tests of the world's first autonomous pods on the sidelines of the World Government Summit. The step is part of RTA's efforts under Dubai Future Accelerators initiatives.

  • RTA set to trial new autonomous shuttle service to Dubai Mall

    Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced that it will accelerate its efforts to deploy autonomous services in 2018 in a bid to make Dubai the 'smartest city' in the world.

  • Test flights for flying taxis underway as Dubai aims to be ‘smartest city’ in the world

    Dubai has established itself as one of the most modern cities in the entire world. Twenty years ago, it was a very different place, but the government decided to embrace technology and innovation to completely transform the city. However, it doesn't intend to rest on its laurels, and the Government of Dubai has expressed its desire to make Dubai the 'smartest city' in the world.

  • The RTA showcases two innovative automotive models

    HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has reviewed two models of the Sky Pods, a mobility system being tested by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in conjunction with Skyway Greentech Co. The Sky Pods form part of the RTA’s initiatives aimed at addressing the future of Dubai’s mobility needs.

  • WGS 2017 – Transport authority to introduce self-driving hover-taxi in Dubai

    RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) officials have announced that they have successfully tested a self-driving hover-taxi - and plan to introduce the aerial vehicle to Dubai in July this year. The announcement was made at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

    It was disclosed at the World Government Summit that the Chinese manufactured vehicle as part of the UAE’s vision to ensure that by 2030 a quarter of its means of transport is courtesy of self-driving vehicles. However, plans to introduce a self-driving aerial vehicle is a bold and innovative move, as the UAE continue to foster ideas to reduce mobility issues in its cities.

    The self-driving hover-taxi is a one-man electrical vehicle and has been developed by Chinese manufacturer E-Hang’ which can travel on a programmed course at 100km/h at an altitude of 300 meters (1,000ft) in a statement released by the RTA at the summit.

    All a passenger needs to do in order to get from A-B is select a destination for the autonomous aerial taxi to take off from there, the vehicle will fly the route before being landed in the chosen spot that will be monitored by a ground control center. The autonomous aerial taxi can recharge in just two hours and can undergo journeys for up to 30 minutes.

    Head of the RTA, Mattar Al-Tayer said that the product which was exhibited at the World Government Summit was not a model, and that it will make every effort possible to ensure they can introduce the service in July.

    He said: "The autonomous aerial vehicle exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model. We have already experimented with the vehicle in a flight in the Dubai sky. We’re making every effort as an authority to start the operation of the autonomous aerial vehicle in July 2017 to help reduce traffic congestion."

    The quadcopter is powered by eight propellers and contains highly accurate sensors and can resist extreme temperatures -which is an important factor due to the searing heat of the summers in Dubai.

    This latest development comes just months after Dubai agreed a deal to partner with a US start-up organization called Hyperloop One to construct a supersonic transport system which would link the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a massive global tourist attraction both in the Gulf and globally, home to the world’s largest tower the Burj Khalifa, and it attracted a record 14.9 million visitors in 2016.

    But will these tourists and residents alike beat the traffic congestion in Dubai by utilizing the self-driving hover-taxi?