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Dubai unveils new app for on-demand bus service

Transport authority says trials are set to begin by the end of October

Dubai unveils new app for on-demand bus service
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Dubai's transport authority is set to launch trials of a new bus on-demand service which will operate via a smart app.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled the MVMANT app which enables customers to order a bus to take them from their location to their intended destinations.

RTA announced the launch of its app during its participation in GITEX 2017, adding that a trial run of the project is set to start by the end of this month.

Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, RTA, said: "This innovative project is undertaken in the context of the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme and the Smart City initiative advocated by our government... Bus drivers will be able to communicate with clients via the app to reach the nearest point to them."

During the trial phase, the on-demand bus service will be run by six buses deployed at Al Barsha and Al Warqaa. A survey will be conducted at metro stations for residents of these two districts to assess their needs, preferences and views about the service before being activated.

Ali said preparations are underway for selecting a platform for flexible routing and scheduling of buses to enable customers to take advantage of the service.

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