The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA) is honestly going to make our lives so much easier with this initiative. Called the 'Tech Taxi", this initiative is being implemented to promote the digitisation of taxis in Dubai and involves providing passengers with WiFi and a package of digital services to the taxi drivers.
Khaled Al Awadi, Director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency said, “The initiative highlights RTA’s efforts to rank Dubai the smartest city worldwide. ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative provides free WiFi in all taxis enabling riders to connect to the service via WiFi UAE network using their smartphones.
Once connected, the rider can log-on to (www.taxiconnect.ae) to access an array of digital services via options enabling communication with the driver using instant interpretation of the passenger’s language to the driver’s selected language displayed on the meter screen."
The translating option is, first of all, so cool and also super convinient for communicating when there's a language barrier.
The Tech Taxi initiative makes way for a lot of othe intertesting stuff as well. Such as, being able to track the route of your journey and sharing the map of your journey with you relatives or friends. Another option makes it possible for passengers to get a breif idea on the exchange rates so you can convert your currency into UAE dirhams. Oh, and you'll also be able to view the taxi meter screen on your own phone, rate the driver's performance and rate your own satistfaction with the journey.
Woah woah woah, RTA really put itself out there.
“This initiative is the first of its kind worldwide. It offers a range of consolidated digital services under one link. It epitomises the keenness of Dubai Government to realize the Smart City initiative as well as several strategic goals of RTA namely: Smart Dubai, People Happiness and Advance RTA,” added Al Awadi.