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Dubai set to launch new app for all the emirate's transport services

RTA's metro, tram, buses will be integrated with other services such as Uber, Careem and air taxis

Dubai set to launch new app for all the emirate's transport services

Dubai's transport authority said on Saturday that it will launch a single app offering customers access to the entire transit system in Dubai, including air taxis once they are ready to take off.

The Integrated Mobility Platform, otherwise known as S’hail, will be launched at technology show Gitex which opens on Sunday.

The new app will integrate the Road and Transport Authority's (RTA) metro, tram, buses, waterbus and taxis with the transit services of other parties in Dubai such as the e-Hail, Uber and Careem.

In a later stage, the platform will include other marine transit services such as limousines, Palm Monorail and Dubai Trolley.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said in a statement that the the 2-seater Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) manufactured by Volocopter will also be integrated into the app in the future.

Al Tayer announced that RTA will exhibit the AAT at Gitex following its recent maiden trial flight as well as a new package of smart services.

“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," he said.

Another exhibit will be a smart crossing system which reads pedestrians’ traffic on the pavement (before crossing) and the pedestrian path (while crossing). It automatically adjusts the remaining signal time based on that reading to ensure a safe and smooth crossing of the largest possible number of pedestrians.

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