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Dubai to launch app for all public transport services



When it comes to transport in Dubai, the options are few and far between. There’s the Dubai Metro, Uber, Careem, Dubai taxis, abras, ferries, as well as buses and soon, flying taxis.

That said, there’s also an app for each, which while convenient, takes up a lot of space on your phone’s memory.

Luckily for those without the glorious option of external memory via the use of an SD card, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has announced that it will be combining offered services of the many transport options across the city and displaying them all in one nifty app called the Integrated Mobility Platform, or S’hail.

The app, which launches at Gitex today, will integrate the RTA’s metro, tram, bus, waterbus and taxi service with other parties such as e-Hail, Uber and Careem. At a later stage, it will also include other transit services such as limousines, the Palm Monorail and the Dubai Trolley.

Speaking on the news, the Director general and Chairman of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer said: “The launch of this new package of apps and smart services heralds the implementation of the initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.”

Al Tayer added that once the city’s flying taxis are finished, they too will be added to the app.

For all those unware of the futuristic means of travel that is the flying taxi, here’s what you need to know

  • The vehicles are currently being built by VOLOCOPTER – a German company who specialize in Autonomous Air Vehicles.
  • The fully autonomous, two seater vehicles will be powered by clean electricity and, unlike helicopters, will have low noise levels.
  • In its current prototype version, it can reach a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50kmph, and a maximum air speed of 100kmph.
  • The project forms part of Dubai’s smart city innovative which aims to make 25 percent of city’s transport autonomous by 2030.
  • The Automatic Air Travel service has already received a royal seal of approval. Last month, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, received a private viewing of the flying taxis, which once launched will be the first of its kind in the world.

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