Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched MVMANT – a bus on-demand app service.
The app, the first of its kind in the GCC region, was unveiled at Gitex on October 12, 2017.
The app enables RTA customers to order a bus to take them from home to their intended destination. The launch of the app is part of the RTA’s efforts to keep pace with the Smart City initiative and the Dubai Future Accelerators initiative of Dubai Government.
Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, RTA, said: “This innovative project is undertaken in the context of the Dubai Future Accelerators Programme and the Smart City initiative advocated by our government.
“The trial run of this project is set to start by the end of this month, and the smart service will enable individuals to order a bus to take them to their destination. This on-demand service is offered via an app called MVMANT. This is the name of an Italian-German company teaming up with the RTA in running this service. Bus drivers will be able to communicate with RTA clients via the app.”
During the trial phase of the on-demand bus service, the RTA will deploy six buses in Al Barsha and Al Warqaa. A survey will be conducted at Dubai Metro stations for residents of these two districts to screen their needs, preferences and views about the service before it gets fully activated. “This step aims to ensure that the service offering will live up to the aspirations of the targeted clientele for a convenient and safe mobility,” said Al Ali.
“The offering of the on-demand bus service through the MVMANT app is part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques the RTA is considering to adopt and is an integral part of its key strategic goals. Preparations are underway for selecting a platform for flexible routing and scheduling of buses to enable RTA customers to avail this innovative service,” Al Ali added.