Dubai: Technology on buses helps reduce fuel consumption – News

The RTA will implement the ‘City Brain’ system for developing the public transport network planning this year



Published: Sun 12 Jun 2022, 11:21 AM

Advanced technology powered by artificial intelligence is boosting operational efficiency of buses in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA’s Board of Executive Directors, said the Remote Bus Performance Monitoring Center has contributed to reducing fuel consumption by 5 percent.

The center monitors the performance and efficiency of 373 Volvo buses in real-time using a telematics system. The system contains 47 types of notifications that cover the mechanical aspects of the bus, fuel consumption per kilometer and the condition of the on-board safety systems. The results of the initial operational phase revealed that the system had reduced bus faults during journeys by 10 percent, and customer complaints by 15 percent.

The RTA now intends to expand the scope of the system to include 316 more buses.

City Brain traffic system

The RTA will implement the ‘City Brain’ system for developing the public transport network planning this year. It uses artificial intelligence and advanced algorithm to analyze big data captured from nol cards, buses and taxis. Then it converts the data into useful information in sending instant notifications about revised bus schedules and routes.

The system is expected to improve the bus ridership by 17 percent, reduce the average waiting time by 10 percent, and shorten the journey time by 5 percent.

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