As per latest plans, vehicles in Dubai will be seen plying with digital number plates. As a trial, vehicles will be fitted with smart plates and digital screens, GPS and transmitters, starting next month.
The new plates have the capacity to inform emergency services in case the driver has had an accident. Recently, Dubai launched several new transport intitatives as it aims to become an international technology hub.
According to Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, the Head of the Vehicle Licensing Department at Dubai RTA, the plates will make life easier for drivers in Dubai. Apart from contacting the police and ambulance services in case the vehicle is involved in a collision, the technology also allows real-time communication with other drivers about traffic conditions or any accidents ahead.
The number plates are also capable of alerting in case the vehicle or digital plate is stolen. The payment of fines, parking fee or renewing registration plates will be automatically deducted from users’ accounts. The number plates can also be changed using RTA app or website.
As per Sultan Abdullah, the trial will look into any potential technological glitches caused by the desert climate in Dubai. The cost of the digital plates is yet to be revealed. The final cost of the project will only be known once the trial ends in November.
Dubai has great plans to expand using technology in transport and plans to launch self-driving vehicles to account for journeys by 2030. The city is also working on introducing Hyperloop pods to open by 2020.