Screeching ‘taxi’ from a pavement to attract a cabbie’s attention is so passé! What Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced at the recent Gitex exhibition is a Smart Taxi App. Inspired by California’s Uber Service, the local version Careem strives to make Dubai a smart city much like the American IT capital.
This will allow people to book and track taxi orders in real-time, paying by credit or NoL cards. This will end the nuisance of collecting small change for residents and spare local currency in case of travellers.
Once the App is downloaded and installed on their Smartphones, all the travellers need to do is shake their cellphones as though waving out to beckon a taxi. Here’s how it works: As the cab is identified, the driver confirms the pick-up and notifies the customer in real-time along its journey. For safety of the passenger, their luggage and feedback, they are sent name and picture of the cabbie and the particulars of the cab.
Unlike before when passengers kept guessing if a cab is available for hire, all cabs will now display clear signage to state if it’s vacant, hired or booked in green, red and orange light. Even inside, the experience will be made convenient with Wi-Fi accessibility, LCD screens streaming flight information, enabling check-ins and offering access to events, a guide to restaurants and hotels and all news pertaining to travellers.
It will also beams ads, instantly attracting a lot many companies and brands to the concept. What’s more, customers can get graphic directions to the nearest taxi-stand that makes life simpler.
Its inventory of 8,300 taxis will undoubtedly be managed better. The city that has been undergoing a rapid digitization of its government facilities is now ready for its smarter transport system.
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