RTA to equip taxis with AI technologies to verify COVID-19 measures

Using AI, the authority is monitoring physical distancing and wearing of face masks while onboard taxis

RTA employs AI technologies in taxis
RTA
RTA employs AI technologies in taxis

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that that it is employing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as computer vision and machine learning algorithms to detect and report violations or non-adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures, as part of its ramped efforts to mitigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

Using AI, the authority is monitoring physical distancing and wearing of face masks while onboard taxis, whether for passengers or drivers.

RTA is also using AI solutions to report offences or violations such as the failure to observe physical distancing, and the improper wearing of face masks, which can be spotted and reported using a video analysis feature.

RTA announced via a tweet that the recently-adopted AI technologies have proved to be effective and achieved a success rate of 100% in verifying complaince with COVID-19 measures.

The technology, which was introduced on a trial base will be generalised to all fleet vehicles, the authority said in a statement.

Explaining the functionality of the onboard devices, executive director of smart services, corporate technology support services sector, RTA, Ahmed Mahboub said, “The AI devices were programmed to scan human faces and verify if the mask is worn correctly. The technology has a mathematical feature that calculates the distance between passengers and the driver as well.”

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