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RTA trials driver fatigue monitoring on Dubai tram system

Raqeeb system, which has contributed to reducing fatigue-related accidents by 65% on buses, is tested on Dubai trams

RTA trials driver fatigue monitoring on Dubai tram system
The Raqeeb system has been introduced to two Dubai trams on a trial basis.

A system which monitors the condition of bus drivers in Dubai to cut down on fatigue-related incidents is now being trialled on Dubai tram.

The Raqeeb system, which has contributed to reducing fatigue-related accidents by 65 percent, has been introduced to two Dubai trams on a trial basis, said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He announced the completion of 75 projects as part of the RTA's Smart City and Artificial Intelligence Programme.

“RTA supports the transformation of Dubai into a smart city to provide happiness and luxurious living to residents through offering world-class standard services. Given the importance of smart mobility to the concept of smart cities, RTA has prioritised the convenience and welfare of people when planning and constructing its projects,” said Al Tayer.

He added that the RTA has also completed the installation of surveillance cameras in more than 10,000 taxis in Dubai.

Other projects completed include the Al Merqab system, which streamlines and monitors the limousine and e-Hail companies, and phase 3 of the Automated System for Monitoring Dedicated Bus Lanes, which has reduced the number of vehicles violating the bus lane by 83 percent and improved bus on-time arrival by 20 percent.

Projects also include the smart pedestrian signalling system at 15 locations in Dubai and a smart parking booking system.

Last year, the RTA also introduced the smart heat maps programme for taxis which shows taxi drivers high-demand spots for the services which has improved the taxi arrival time by 9 percent and increased the rate of bookings made by 17 percent.

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