Oct 16 2017
Updating Smart Drive app to ensure safe and smooth driving experience
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has unveiled new updates to the Smart Drive app offering smart navigation in Dubai. The app uses GPS technology to guide motorists en route without requiring internet connection on portable devices. It provides accurate instant information about the traffic condition in Dubai thanks to the interface with Makani app of the Dubai Municipality. These updates have been introduced as part of the Smart City initiative of the Government and in implementation of the first strategic goal of the RTA (Smart Dubai).
Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA, said: “The user interface of Smart Drive app has been revamped where additional search features have been added enabling users to specify their locations more accurately. The process is assisted by new icons giving more details to the roads traffic condition, and the use of Makani addressing system’s code on the application map.”
“Since launched in 2014, the app has been downloaded by three million users. It boasts of several additional features mainly: displaying landmarks more attractively and interactively, updating the UAE map, and displaying the locations of metro & tram stations, bus stations, water transit stations, and parking areas in Dubai. It also alerts motorists about the maximum speed, traffic conditions on Dubai roads in addition to other high tech features that make motorists journeys in Dubai safe and smooth,” added Maitha.
“Features of the app include payment of parking fee, defining the zones of paid parking areas, enabling Salik top-up, showing maps using 2D or 3D display to fit different types of smart devices, displaying UAE landmarks in 3D mode, and offering three options for displaying the map: day, night and auto. The app enables the user to select the language (Arabic/English) and offers bilingual voice command, smooth surfing and the use of location search engines. Users of the Operating System of smartphones (iOS and Android) have rated the Smart Drive app as 4.5 stars out of a five–star rating.
“These updates of Smart Drive app have been adopted in the context of our endeavors to improve services offered to residents and visitors of Dubai. They also echo the Smart City initiative and contribute to the realization of RTA’s first strategic goal: Smart Dubai, and its vision of Safe and Smooth Transport for All,” concluded the CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency