‘Smart Taxi’ Launched In Sharjah To Be The First Of Its Kind In The Middle East

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Great news for Sharjah! Sharjah Taxi, a subsidiary of Sharjah Asset Management Company, investment arm of the government of Sharjah, has launched a revolutionary “smart taxi,” a first in the Middle East.

Its primary goal is to harness artificial intelligence services for vehicle operations and safety. This action is in order to achieve the digital transformation plan of the emirate of Sharjah.

The move also aims to raise the level of services provided to the public, in accordance with the highest global standards of security and safety.

These smart vehicles are equipped with sensors, cameras, a mobile data unit and other devices connected to an integrated system. Its aim is to continue developing work and control mechanisms.

Khalid Al-Kindi, executive director of Sharjah Taxi, said that the pilot project benefits from best international practices in the field of intelligent transportation systems, which will undoubtedly contribute to increasing operational efficiency, and provide an integrated network of systems to report instant and accurate information related to transportation movement.

He highlighted that intelligent transportation systems apply modern technologies in the areas of monitoring, information collection, control and means of communication, and utilize the full carrying capacity of road networks and other means of transportation.

The system helps regulate flow of traffic, facilitate access to key places, monitor driver behavior, mitigate erroneous practices, and reduce meter manipulations.

As a result, the number of trips and total wasted kilometers are reduced, ultimately reducing the rate of road accidents and environmental pollution, whilst raising operational efficiency. The company also benefits through a reduction in operational costs.

Technical equipment inside the vehicle enables the collection of various data including vehicle temperature, electronic parts condition, and more. This enables remote monitoring of the vehicle, allowing real-time interventions and appropriate actions as soon as possible.

The Control and Monitoring Panel, a direct control panel that helps follow driver work and operating efficiency indicators, was set up for Sharjah Taxi’s Operations Department to take immediate appropriate action upon the occurrence of any adverse event, as outlined by the company’s requirements and parameters set by Sharjah Taxi Control Centre.

This was also done to avoid any misuse of the vehicle by drivers. It contains clear, readable and diverse visuals that work together on one screen and several specialized screens.

The equipment also provides a comprehensive interactive display of data, providing essential insights for quick decision-making, characterized by a coherent design and clear graphs, that help the designated employee perform their duties to the fullest.

This project is amazing and makes the streets safer for everyone. With this venture, UAE is one step closer to the future.