Lost in translation no longer as a new tech service lets passengers chat to taxi drivers.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is rolling out the ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative to cabs across Dubai.
As well as connecting customers to free Wi-Fi, the smart system also acts as a translation service.
Khaled Al Awadi, director of Transportation Systems at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, explains.
“Once connected, the rider can log-on to access an array of digital services via options enabling communication with the driver using an instant interpretation of the passenger’s language to the driver’s selected language displayed on the meter screen,” he says.
Free Wi-Fi in Dubai taxis was first mooted in 2016 and this latest version sounds like the snazziest yet. The first of its kind in the world, it can also be used to track the journey or share the route, gives info on currency rates and lets riders rate their driver.
The roll-out follows another innovation coming to Dubai’s taxi fleets. In September ride-hailing service Careem joined forces with the RTA so Careem customers use the app to book one of 5,5000 RTA cabs.
Find a connected cab and log on to www.taxiconnect.ae