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RTA introduces new smart driving tests in Dubai

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Gone are the days were you can blame your driving examiner for failing you. The RTA has officially launched the world’s first ever smart driving test.

Meaning that from now on, you’ll no longer have an examiner assessing your driving skills, nope, now the cars will be doing it for you.

The way it works is pretty cool actually. All testing vehicles have an onboard tablet that explains maneuvers – there’s five; garage, slope, parallel, angle and emergency-brake parking – through voice instructions at the time of testing. The vehicles also have cameras and sensors that are linked to a central processor which captures all the information and calculates any errors made. Sweet.

In case you’re wondering why they’ve done this, it’s pretty simple. It’s to increase transparency, reduce the amount of human error on the examiners part and to ensure that all drivers meet Dubai’s road safety standards.

So, where can you take this really cool, accurate and in some cases nerve wrecking test? All light driver applicants – meaning all cars other than buses, trucks and well, anything heavy– can get tested on RTA’s Smart Yard which can be found in two Dubai Driving Centers; Al Khail and Al Quoz Industrial Area.

So, much like the car, the smart yard also has some pretty high-tech features. Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency explains: “The smart testing yard has been fitted with certain marks where the vehicle can detect the locations of the five testing maneuvers once it passes on them with the aid of sideway cameras fitted to the vehicle.”

As for the grading system, Bahrozyan told national newspaper, Khaleej Times, that all the data and images captured by the ground sensors will be sent to a processor to assess the result. Nice.

Right, now that you know what to expect, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a short playlist for you to listen to on your first road trip, after you pass your fancy new drivers test. Enjoy…

“Send Me on My Way” — Rusted Root

 

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” — The Proclaimers

 

“Born to Be Wild” — Steppenwolf

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