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How Dubai is making it easier to find a parking spot

Roads and Transport Authority has rolled out a smart parking system initiative using sensors and digital cameras

How Dubai is making it easier to find a parking spot
The new service enables motorists to quickly identify vacant parking slots either through the Find Parking service on the RTA App, or 13 electronic message boards.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has rolled out a smart parking system initiative at Al Rigga and Dubai World Centre parking slots along the extension of Sheikh Zayed Road.

About 2,030 ground sensors and 70 overhead digital cameras have been installed together with a central control system covering 3035 parking slots to provide instant information about vacant parking spaces in covered zones.

The installation of the system is part of RTA’s endeavours to provide smart services in the city.

The new service enables motorists to quickly identify vacant parking slots either through the Find Parking service on the RTA App, or 13 electronic message boards.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The system involves sophisticated technologies like ground sensors and digital cameras to monitor the usage of parking through detecting vacant slots and instantly transmitting information to the central system for display onto the information signs and the smart app.

“The new service... makes it easy for users and saves them the hassles of finding parking slots, as it saves 20-30 percent of the time spent in searching for a parking in conventional parking areas. The smart parking system reduces traffic accidents and congestions and saves about 8 minutes in the search for parking.

"It also improves the quality of air by curbing the carbon emissions of vehicles searching for parking space to the tune of 239 tons of carbon dioxide per annum."

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