RTA showcases how AI can help improve public transport
December 6, 2020

Also announces the ‘nol mini’.

On the first day of GITEX Technology Week, RTA is introducing new smart initiatives that harness the power of AI, AR, drones, and the launch of the new nol mini. All of these new technologies are on display for the whole duration of GITEX Technology Week taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The launch of smart projects and services responds to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. RTA seeks to be a key player in developing and applying technologies capable of making life easier for Dubai residents,” said His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

The new nol mini comes in a smaller form factor that can fit easily in a keyholder and is being touted as a souvenir piece for tourists visiting the Emirate. It works just like the normal-sized nol card, utilizing NFC technology that is used as a payment scheme to access public transport in Dubai.

Visitors at the stand will get to see how AI will be used in taxis to detect if passengers are adhering to health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as social distancing and the wearing of masks. Additionally, it is using AI to determine which high-demand spots are located so it can effectively deploy more taxis and buses in that area. 

RTA also added that blockchain technology is now being used to allow customers to register their vehicles without the need to go to the showroom. Transactions and other sensitive data are all placed in a safe and secure environment.

Lastly, the RTA stated that it is now employing the use of drones to inspect Dubai Metro tunnels where it can carry out an inspection of these areas especially the ones that are not easily accessible.

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