Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has begun installing smart meters in taxis in Dubai at a cost of Dh68.8 million. All 10,550 taxis in the emirate will be fitted with the new meters by the end of June 2018.
The meters are also equipped with optical sensors to detect the boarding of a customer in case a taxi driver forgets to turn on the meter. The smart meters’ system can be linked with POS devices to enable smooth payment and also features a safety system to monitor the speed of the taxi.
The smart meters are compatible with the Dubai geographic addressing system (Makani), and can automatically calculate and collet Salik toll amounts without action on the part of the taxi driver.
The smart meters are loaded with the latest maps of Dubai while being capabale of displaying an ‘out of service’ screen to allow for a 90-minute flexible break for taxi drivers per shift. The meters can also display an ‘end of shift’ screen to ensure that a taxi driver is not hailed within the last 45 minutes of his or her shift so as to facilitate the handing over of the taxi at the end of a shift.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, has inspected the smart taxi meter system and reviewed the time line set for the installation of the smart meters in all taxis in Dubai.
The Public Transport Agency, RTA, has installed 4,850 of the smart meters by the end of June 2017, and the number will rise to 7,850 devices by December 2017. As of date, 5,010 taxis are linked to the Makani system.