Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commenced offering free Wi-Fi on 106 buses travelling to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The service enables intercity bus riders to surf the Internet through their portable devices, tablets or smartphones and process several tasks in transit, Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, chief executive officer, Public Transport Agency, said.
The Wi-Fi service on board intercity buses will be subject to a continuous assessment with a view to expanding and improving the scope of the service in collaboration with Etisalat in order to ensure the smooth and continued functionality of the service.
In October this year, Aisha bin Bishr, director general, Smart Dubai said free Wi-Fi will be available across Dubai by end of next year.
Separately, the RTA is planning to operate Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen-powered car, as a taxi in the near future as part of its sustainable transport strategy, Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, chief executive officer, Licensing Agency, told Gulf News.
The vehicle is touted as a “zero emission car” and is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. It can run up to 500 kilometres with a single refuel that can be done in some minutes.
RTA is currently operating a fleet of hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of petrol and self-charging batteries, while an electric bus is also on trial. In marine transport, RTA operates electric abras and a trial on solar-powered boats is also under way, the newspaper said.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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