Kate-Lynne Wolmarans02 Apr 2017 AT 04:03 PM

Over 1,000 Dubai taxis now equipped with Wi-Fi and smart screens

You can also plan your next trip on route
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans02 Apr 2017 AT 04:03 PM
Dubai Taxi
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Dubai Taxi
Over 1,000 Dubai Taxi's are now equipped with interactive smart screens and free Wi-Fi
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Over 1,000 Dubai Taxi's are now equipped with interactive smart screens and free Wi-Fi

The next time you’re in a cab, stuck in traffic from Dubai Marina, JBR or Downtown, just sit back and enjoy the free Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art interactive screens.

The Dubai Road and Transport Authority have confirmed that 700 of their fleet have just been equipped with Wi-Fi and interactive screens which brings their new total to 1,314.

If you’re one of the lucky passengers who manage to hail one of these cabs then you'll be able to browse the internet, book your next trip and learn all about the city’s famed tourist destinations whilst on route – fancy.

The interactive screens also feature performance surveys which aim to develop innovative solutions for future mobility issues and to help Dubai in becoming the smartest city worldwide.

Speaking on the innovation, CEO of the RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al Ali said: “The DTC has set a clear excellence-based approach in all projects and initiatives conforming to the highest international standards.

"Adding 700 taxicabs under Phase II of the installation of interactive screens and smart and free Wi-Fi service project will further promote the transport and innovation technology in the emirate of Dubai.”

The introduction of Wi-Fi and interactive screens isn’t the only thing that the RTA is doing in the hopes of becoming the world's smartest city; the company agreed to buy 200 of Tesla’s latest driverless fleet (Model S and Model X) this past February. 

The pricey agreement (a single Model S retails at AED275, 000 and one Model X costs AED344, 000) signed by Tesla's founder Elon Musk and the director general and chairman of the board at the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, also formed part of Dubai’s smart autonomous mobility strategy which aims to make 25 per cent of journeys in Dubai autonomous by 2030.

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