‘London Taxi’ model set for trial launch this February
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) would launch the London Taxi version service using hybrid (electricity and fuel) cabs.
The new taxi is characterised by a semi-curved shape and black colour that mimic the iconic London Cab operating in the British capital. The DTC will start trialling the vehicle this February 2021 and the service will be available at the Dubai International Airport.
Al Tayer made this statement during a visit to the DTC where he reviewed the performance indicators of the Corporation in 2020 as well as the projects to be undertaken this year.
He was briefed on the interior features of the London Taxi, which has a unique and roomy interior that offers riders a wide space and six seats in a separate cabin.
The design serves the needs of people of determination as well. The taxi is fitted with a satellite-based navigation system, voice command system, forward-collision warning system, blind-spot monitoring system and lane departure warning system in addition to a WIFI network.
Al Tayer was also briefed on the technical features of the London Taxi.
It has a dual engine for better control of the vehicle under different climate conditions. It also has accelerated braking system and a battery that just needs 30 minutes to recharge using the fast charging feature, and three hours using the regular charging system.
Al Tayer inspected Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicle featuring an aerodynamic design, rear collision avoidance system, driving mode control system, regenerative braking enabling longer driving period and a fast-charging of the battery within just 54 minutes.
He also reviewed DTC’s efforts in using big data and artificial intelligence to enhance the smart control of vehicles.
Al Tayer was briefed about Tawseel initiative, part of the corporate agility initiatives for developing new services. Last March, DTC used Tawseel Delivery Service in collaboration with the first and last-mile challenge companies and cooperative societies via smart apps.
Al Tayer was also briefed on the virtual control centre initiative, which uses future technologies and a mixed-reality command and control application.
The centre generates a three-dimensional map of the current operational status of Dubai Taxi fleet along with taxi performance indicators. The system can give direct orders and make adjustments using hand gestures, and provide all data in a single view to facilitate the decision-making.
It will also increase the number of productive trips, thanks to the knowledge of demand spots and the smart routing capabilities of the fleet.