Dubai: Passengers in Dubai will soon be able to enjoy free Wifi
internet connection offering host of digital services inlcuding the
latest currency exchange rate.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the
implementation of ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative to drive the digitisation of
taxi services in Dubai. It involves providing free WiFi internet in
Dubai taxis and a package of digital services to taxi riders. The
digital services supports the smart city drive, which recently saw the
launch of the e-hailing taxi service ‘Hala’ in conjunction with Careem.
“The initiative highlights RTA’s efforts to rank Dubai the smartest
city worldwide. ‘Tech Taxi’ initiative provides free WiFi in all taxis
enabling riders to connect to the service via WiFi UAE network using
their smartphones,” said Khaled Al Awadi, Director of Transportation
Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
“Once connected, the rider can log-on to (www.taxiconnect.ae) to
access an array of digital services via options enabling communication
with the driver using instant interpretation of the passenger’s language
to the driver’s selected language displayed on the meter screen.
Tech Taxi initiative also enables the rider to track the path of the
journey and share the map with his/her relatives or associates. An
option briefs riders on the current market exchange rates for converting
various currencies to UAE dirhams. The rider can click another option
to rate the performance of the driver, and capture the taxi meter screen
on his or her phone. Another icon was designed to measure the rider’s
satisfaction/happiness with the service.