Revealed: how Dubai's RTA aims to keep pedestrians safe

A new smart crossing, which uses sensors to detect the movement of pedestrians, is set to be rolled out across Dubai
By Staff writer
Mon 09 Oct 2017 02:26 PM

A new smart crossing, which uses sensors to detect the movement of pedestrians, is set to be rolled out across Dubai in trials designed to improve road safety.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which is displaying the Smart Pedestrian Signal at Gitex 2017, said trials are likely to be expanded to City Walk, Al Muraqqabat, Al Barsha and others locations.

The technology reads pedestrians’ traffic on the pavement (before crossing) and the pedestrian path (while crossing). It automatically adjusts the remaining signal time according to that reading to ensure a safe and smooth crossing of the largest possible number of pedestrians.

“The initial results of the trial operation on Al Saada Street showed an improvement in the operational efficiency and the level of traffic safety, following extensive and accurate statistical studies," said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency.

"Expanding the project to other areas of Dubai is governed by a host of parameters such as the variation in traffic and pedestrian intensity and the addition of new facilities nearby crossings,” she added.

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