Dubai RTA, Tata Consultancy tie up to make roads safer

RTA and TCS sign MoU to support research and development in smart monitoring of drivers' conduct.

Dubai RTA, Tata Consultancy tie up to make roads safer
Dubai RTA, Tata Consultancy tie up to make roads safer

An Indian consultancy giant will help RTA monitor drivers in Dubai using a smart app.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and India-based Tata Consultancy Services LLC (TCS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting the ground for the two parties to cooperate in research and development by experimenting the use of technology in analysing the attitudes of motorists in Dubai via a smart app.

The MoU was signed at RTA’s headquarters by Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Licensing Agency; and Ajay Singh, Regional Director of TCS.

“The MoU provides for a 3-month trial period where the smart app (Data Logger) developed by TCS will be uploaded onto Android phones fitted with a GPS navigator and a 9-Axis IMU of select categories of volunteered RTA’s drivers and university students,” said Al Ali.

How the AI app works

The system monitors the conduct of motorists in terms of over-speeding, veering and sudden braking. The app captures and transfers data related drivers’ conduct to servers where it will be analysed using artificial intelligence applications to verify drivers’ violations.

It will establish reports on how offences are related to age, occupation, timing and location.

The findings will support the research and development efforts at both RTA and Tata.

“Developing the system serves RTA’s strategic objective of protecting the safety of road, riders and pedestrians through the test-run of various smart systems and technologies.

The signing of the MoU is in line with Dubai Government drive to promote public-private partnerships (PPP) as a means of leveraging services and research and developments efforts, besides contributing to its vision of Safe and Smooth Transport for All,” concluded Al Ali. More