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Smart Testing Yard at Dubai Driving Centre launched

(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))

DUBAI, 24th March, 2018 (WAM) -- Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, in Dubai, has launched the 'Smart Training and Testing Yard' for testing drivers at the Dubai Driving Centre in Al Quoz.

The Yard is fitted with smart driver-testing vehicles capable of detecting areas of testing manoeuvres and driver's response to each manoeuvre, thanks to sophisticated cameras linked to a central processor capable of capturing all data, computing errors automatically, and automatically judging if the applicant has passed or failed. According to the expansion plan of smart yards, which started with two yards last February, the number will rise to as much as 16 smart testing yards by the last quarter of this year.

Al Tayer was briefed about the system used in the smart yards for testing drivers with the aim of ensuring transparency and reducing human errors by relying on a smart system free from examiner's intervention. The briefing explained the increased efficiency of testing operation through the automated operation, improved safety through using technologies to fend off accidents, and nurturing competent personnel to work in a smart environment.

The system can provide a personalised driving experience to increase the efficiency of trainees, and accelerate the turnover of yard testing procedures. It increases the intake of trainees subjected to test, saves human resources, increases the testing rates by 72 percent, and reduces the operational cost.

The Smart Testing Yard is fitted with a control tower enabling the examiner to monitor multiple vehicles at a time. A log of all testing stages will be saved to ensure fairness in assessing the test result; which can be retrieved upon request. Vehicles are fitted with a tablet, central processing unit, and five internal, front, back and side cameras. They are also fitted with sensors to identify the face, sensors in the steering wheel, brake, engine and collision.

To enhance the smart testing system, the testing yard is provided with special signs for the vehicle to identify the five manoeuvring areas once it passes across them, thanks to the side cameras fitted to the vehicle. Images and details are then transmitted through ground sensors to the advanced processor to work out the result. Through the tablet, it will be possible to explain the required manoeuvres using voice messages during the test.

As for safety and security, vehicles are fitted with a safety system considered the first of its kind worldwide. The vehicle can come to a complete halt in case the speed exceeds 35 km/h, or if it approaches an object to the front of a vehicle driving at a speed of 20 km/h, or in the event of crashing into an obstacle to the front.

WAM/Nour Salman


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