Taxi passengers in Dubai will soon be able to access free wireless internet, pay fares by credit card or smart phone, and use a touchscreen information panel inside cabs, officials said, as quoted in Gulf News. Taxis will also carry a smart rooftop sign that will signal if the cab is booked or available.
The services were unveiled by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Ahmad Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said the features would be introduced by the end of the year. Initially, 3,500 cabs of the Dubai Taxi fleet would be equipped with the services, he added.
Bahrozyan said the new options would enhance the entire taxi experience from searching for a cab to paying the fare upon leaving the taxi.
Passengers will also be able to rate their trip experience, helping the RTA to further improve services, Bahrozyan added. The development follows the announcement of a new Smart Taxi mobile phone app. Adel Shakri, director of Transport Systems of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said its “shake-a-taxi” functionality will allow the customer to get a taxi just by shaking their mobile phones.