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Dubai taxi passengers to get free WiFi in new tech initiative

Tech Taxi initiative has been launched as part of introduction of e-hailing taxi service Hala

Dubai taxi passengers to get free WiFi in new tech initiative

Passengers in Dubai’s taxis will have free WiFi thanks to the Tech Taxi initiative being implemented by the Roads and Transport Authority.

The new digital services, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, supports the smart city drive, which this month saw the official launch of the e-hailing taxi service Hala, in conjunction with Careem.

“The initiative highlights RTA’s efforts to rank Dubai the smartest city worldwide. ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative provides free WiFi in all taxis enabling riders to connect to the service via WiFi UAE network using their smartphones,” said Khaled Al Awadi, director of transportation systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

“Once connected, the rider can log-on to (www.taxiconnect.ae) to access an array of digital services via options enabling communication with the driver using instant interpretation of the passenger’s language to the driver’s selected language displayed on the meter screen.

Tech Taxi also allows the rider to track the path of the journey and share the map with relatives or associates. An option briefs riders on the current market exchange rates for converting various currencies to UAE dirhams. The rider can click another option to rate the performance of the driver, and capture the taxi meter screen on his or her phone. A further icon was designed to measure the rider’s satisfaction/happiness with the service.

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