Public transportation in the United Arab Emirates is now implementing its smart city initiatives in preparation to economy and tourism boost brought by the incoming Expo 2020 as taxis in the country is on its hype for innovative services.
Capital city’s taxis will soon accept payments via smartphone and credit card. Set to implement before the end of this year, TransAD will conduct series of trial before executing it all over Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Dubai Taxis will be equipped with wireless fidelity internet connection for free passenger use, also before the end of this year.
Passengers will be able to connect their smartphones, tablets or laptops and surf the internet as soon as they enter the taxi. Free wifi-service is already available in 155 Hala Taxi units across Dubai.
These innovative services comes to contribute to achieve the government’s plans to become a fully fledged smart city in time for Dubai Expo 2020, where the aim is to connect the city’s infrastructure to the internet and make it more accessible to its citizens via smartphones and other smart devices.