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Dubai to Introduce Facial Recognition Payments for Public Transport

By Admin - Oct 19, 2023

Dubai, a city known for its groundbreaking advancements, is poised to revolutionize its public transportation system. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is taking the lead in introducing a range of innovative services designed to streamline the commuter experience. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and metaverse technologies, RTA is on the cusp of unveiling a future where passengers can access public transport with unprecedented ease. Let's delve into these five remarkable developments:

1. Digital nol Cards on Your Smartphone

RTA is making it easier than ever for residents and visitors to access and manage their nol cards. The introduction of digital nol cards on Samsung phones through the 'nol Pay' app represents a significant step forward. Previously, this virtual nol card was exclusively available for Huawei phones. The 'nol Pay' app is compatible with Apple, Android, and Huawei devices, making it accessible to a wide user base. With this app, you can perform the following tasks:

  1. Easily access nol card information.
  2. Conveniently top up your nol card.
  3. Unlock the benefits of the 'nol Plus' loyalty program.
  4. Locate nearby merchants that accept payments via your nol card, extending its utility beyond public transportation.
  5. Redeem your nol points for top-ups or discount shopping vouchers.
  6. Efficiently manage all cards linked to your account, including blocking, reporting lost cards, or canceling existing ones.

2. Facial Recognition for Seamless Public Transportation Payments

RTA is pioneering the use of facial recognition technology to facilitate fare payments across various modes of public transportation, including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, buses, taxis, and marine transport. Commuters will no longer need tickets, nol cards, cash, or credit cards to board these services. Smart gates equipped with advanced cameras and 3D facial recognition capabilities will be installed at key transport hubs. When passengers pass through these gates, their faces will be scanned and matched with their account's biodata. The fare amount will then be automatically deducted. While an official launch date is pending, this revolutionary system promises to redefine travel convenience.

3. 'In Safe Hands' - Special Taxi Service for School Children

For parents concerned about their children's safety during school runs, the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) of RTA introduced the 'In Safe Hands' service. This initiative enables parents to pre-book special taxis online, ensuring a secure and reliable mode of transport for their kids. The DTC app, available on Apple, Android, and Huawei app stores, allows parents to not only book a taxi but also designate a guardian to accompany their children. Key features of this service include:

Booking daily, weekly, or monthly trips to transport children to and from school.
Guardianship for children under the age of 13, with Emirates ID details verified by the driver.
Secure online payment options through credit or debit cards or the 'Dubai Taxi' wallet.

4. Advanced Parking Search via the 'Dubai Drive' App

The 'Dubai Drive' app is set to make parking a hassle-free experience. Commuters can now check for available parking spaces near their destination ahead of time. RTA plans to expand this service with features like dedicated parking for people of determination, green parking for electric vehicles, multi-story parking spaces, and even car wash services. This initiative aims to optimize parking solutions and reduce the stress associated with finding a parking spot in Dubai's bustling streets.

5. Effortless Vehicle Plate Number Ownership Transfer

RTA is simplifying the process of transferring ownership of vehicle number plates through the 'Dubai Drive' app. Customers can now complete the selling procedures using their UAE Pass app, eliminating the need to visit RTA service centers. This smart app facilitates secure online transactions, including signing the sales contract via e-signature. If you're contemplating selling your vehicle, the 'Dubai Drive' app streamlines the process, from beginning to end.

Dubai's RTA is at the forefront of a technological transformation that promises to enhance the daily lives of residents and visitors. With these innovative services on the horizon, Dubai's public transportation system is set to become more accessible, convenient, and efficient than ever before.



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