By Sam Bridge
Number of journeys made by Dubai taxis has totalled 682 million since 1995
Dubai Taxi Corporation, part of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has lifted more than one billion passengers since starting operations 25 years ago, it has been announced.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, also revealed that the number of journeys made by Dubai Taxis has reached 682 million since 1995.
He said in a statement that that the taxi fleet has grown from 81 to 5,201 vehicles in the same period while the number of drivers has increased from 886 to 11,500.
Al Tayer made the remarks during a visit to Dubai Taxi Corporation where he was briefed on artificial intelligence (AI) implementations to improve taxi services.
He said it uses AI to strike a balance between supply and demand for the taxi service, analyse trip details, and direct the fleet to demand hotspots. AI is also used to improve safe driving practices through monitoring the conduct of drivers and verifying their compliance with safe driving standards.
Al Tayer also reviewed the latest update of the DTC smart app, which covers regular taxis, limo service, electric limo and Amira limo and has reduced the average time of dispatching taxis to clients to 6.5 minutes.
Al Tayer stressed the importance of using technologies in driving up performance levels.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.