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Gitex 2019: 'Smart Driving Tests' en route to Abu Dhabi later this year

The Smart Driving Tests will use AI and face-capture technology to detect driving mistakes

Gitex 2019: 'Smart Driving Tests' en route to Abu Dhabi later this year
A total of 18 ‘smart cars’ will be introduced to Abu Dhabi, as well as 10 for Al Ain and 8 for Al Dhafra.

A new ‘Smart Driving Test’ will be launched in Abu Dhabi by December, according to a senior police official.

According to a report in Khaleej Times, the system will rely on AI and other technologies to evaluate driver performance.

“This system will ensure fair [results] as margin of error will be zero,” an unnamed ‘senior office’ was quoted as saying. “One out of three cameras inside the car will capture the face of the driver. The camera will check for eye movements to know if the driver is looking at the mirror while shifting lanes.”

Other sensors will be attached to the body of the car. A total of 18 ‘smart cars’ will be introduced to Abu Dhabi, as well as 10 for Al Ain and 8 for Al Dhafra.

The cars will all be monitored through a control room, with which are linked by GPS. The system will automatically keep track of point losses when any of the 21 pre-identified driving mistakes are made.

"For each mistake, the system will deduct marks. Like, if there is a minor mistake it will be five marks or so. A major one like jumping of red light or driving in the wrong lane will lead to an immediate end of the test,” the officer added.

Following the test, a video review will be made available and all mistakes explained. Results will be automatically recorded for future reference.

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