Artificial intelligence to monitor behaviour of taxi drivers in Dubai – The National

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A new artificial intelligence system is being introduced to monitor and track risky behaviour of taxi drivers in Dubai.

The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority announced the new technology will be used to alert and detect patterns associated with drowsy and distracted driving.

The system will also ensure the driver and passengers wear face masks and keep a safe distance between each other.

Sensors are installed in vehicles to monitor and detect driving behaviour patterns in real time.

It helps us to send alerts to drivers or send them on rehabilitation courses in case of repeated offences

Khaled Al-Awadhi

These are connected to audio messages designed to alert drivers in case of sudden lane changing, abrupt braking or coming too close to the vehicle in front.

“Through this technology, we can figure out the performance of the driver on the road in a continuous manner,” said Khaled Al-Awadhi, director of transportation systems at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

“It helps us to send alerts to drivers or send them on rehabilitation courses in case of repeated offences such as speeding, sudden stopping or unnecessary use of brakes.”

He said the new system would allow RTA officers to identify the reasons for poor driver performance.

“We will also improve the notification system and carry out a comprehensive assessment of drivers’ performance assisted by AI technologies,” he said.

Talal Ben Halim, founder and chief executive of Acacus Technologies, the firm developing the technology, said the new system would help in improving customer satisfaction.

“Taxis are a means of transport that have to maintain privacy and deliver high-level safety,” he said.

“This technology will also help us in monitoring the conduct of drivers and riders with regards to the precautionary measures in place to fight the coronavirus such as the physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.”

Updated: July 14, 2020 06:21 PM