Smile, you could be on cab cam. Cameras in taxis will monitor drivers and help keep us all safer.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that thousands of its cabs now have surveillance cameras. All will have close circuit television (CCTV) by the end of 2018.
“Surveillance cameras have been installed in about 6,500 taxis out of a total fleet comprising 10,221 cabs. The project will cover the remainder of taxis this year,” said Adel Shakri, Director of Transportation Systems, at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
Footage will be used to make sure the cabbies are driving safely and complying with “moral attitudes,” the agency added. It could be used if passengers made a complaint about the ride, or leaves something in the car.
Cabs are a popular way to get around the emirate, especially during the hotter months. The RTA’s Booking and Dispatch Centre handled 4.3 million requests in the first half of 2017.
Five more reasons why we ♥️ Dubai Taxis:
- Most affordable: According to The Carspring 2017 Taxi Price Index, Dubai taxi fares are the fifth cheapest in the world. The index compared the cost of taxi rides in 80 most popular cities and Dubai ranked five among cheapest fares.
- Wi-Fi: You don’t have to be alone with your thoughts if you’ve run out of mobile data as taxis here have free Wi-Fi. No more FOMO, click some of your best selfies and post them while stuck in traffic.
- LCD screens: DTC cabs are also kitted out with interactive LCD screens that enable tourists to update their itinerary with the latest attractions. These small screens will even calculate your taxi fare well in advance, so you have a rough idea of how much you have to pay before you reach your destination.
- Careem: Don’t wait in the heat and humidity, tirelessly hailing cabs. You can now book RTA taxis through the Careem app. To use this cash-only service, open Careem, choose ‘taxi’ as a new option to be matched with the nearest RTA taxi from 10,000 cars operated by six franchises. You can track your taxi as the plate number will appear on screen, so you don’t end up in the wrong cab.
- Smart meters: Goodbye awkward attempts at navigation and wrong turns that have your fare spiralling out of control. Smart meters have updated maps for the entire UAE. The Makani system, that allocates a unique number to each building in Dubai, also makes getting lost a thing of the past.