The fleet of smart taxis in Sharjah.


Sharjah launches smart taxis to monitor bad drivers

Sharjah Taxi has launched smart taxis that are able to monitor bad taxi drivers and reduce misuse and wrong practices, such as taxi meter manipulations.

Khalid Al Kindi, Executive Director of Sharjah Taxi, said the smart taxis have sensors, cameras and other devices linked to Artificial Intelligence (AI), allowing the smart vehicles to be controlled remotely.

“The system contributes to monitoring driver behaviour through an intelligent system, with the ultimate aim of analysing the causes and circumstances leading to erroneous practices, such as the use of mobile phones while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, drowsiness and fatigue, or preoccupation with anything other than the road,” Al Kindi explained.

Equipment in the smart taxis allows for it to be monitored remotely for “real-time interventions”, with a control panel for Sharjah Taxi’s Operations Department to take immediate action upon the occurrence of any adverse event.

The control panel also helps drivers avoid any misuse of the vehicle, and gives them essential insights on road conditions that will help them drive according to standard.

Sharjah’s smart taxis are believed to be the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East and were launched to raise the level of services provided to the public.

The Sharjah Taxi fleet comprises 760 vehicles, including 96 vehicles for the eastern and central regions, 160 vehicles for Sharjah International Airport, 20 vehicles for women and families, 10 luxury limousines and additional vehicles for people with special needs. ICA/Expat Media

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