Robots To Clean Up Metro Stations In Dubai

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has dispatched a team of robots to help clean up the city’s metro stations.

In a brief message on Twitter, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that “in the context of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, we will start using robots in cleaning metro stations”.

The UAE’s AI strategy, launched in October 2017, will see the technology used in various future services, sectors and infrastructure projects.

In the transport sector, AI will be used to reduce accidents and traffic jams, cut operational costs and draw more effective traffic policies.

The RTA already uses AI in several services including in the automated control of the metro service frequency, machine learning in analysing big data, and emergency response system at the Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3).

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It also uses AI in drones, smart speakers, customers’ happiness meter, and the dedicated bus and taxi lanes.

The technology has also been deployed in the Al Raqeeb system to monitor the performance and fatigue of its public transport drivers, smart vehicle testing yard, smart traffic signals, smart autonomous vehicle, and the autonomous air taxi.

Speaking at the World Government Summit earlier this month, RTA director general and chairman Mattar Al Tayer Al Tayer confirmed that work was progressing on the autonomous air taxi initiative, which was launched two years ago.

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The RTA teamed up with German company Volocopter – which specialises in the manufacturing of autonomous air vehicles for the project.

“We have worked a lot in cooperation with the General Authority of Civil Aviation to develop the necessary legislation to operate the vehicle in Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

The RTA is also working on an integrated strategy for self-driving vehicles that aims to serve at least 25 per cent of trips in Dubai by 2030, up from 9 per cent at present.

Source: Gulf Business


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