Bus drivers condition to be monitored by smart technology in Dubai

The fatigue level and behaviour of bus drivers is being monitored as part of a trial run of a smart technology system fitted on 50 public buses in the emirate.

DUBAI // The fatigue level and behaviour of bus drivers is being monitored as part of a trial run of a smart technology system fitted to 50 public buses in the emirate.

The exertion levels and physical condition of drivers will be monitored by the Roads and Transport Authority during journeys within Dubai and on intercity trips.

The device is placed in front of the bus driver to monitor any indicators of fatigue, tiredness or illness since these could lead to accidents, put passengers at risk and affect operational efficiency, the RTA said.

Yousef Al Ali, chief executive of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said the indicators from the system would be transmitted to the control room at the RTA where the case would be immediately acted upon.

“There is also another smart system that monitors the driving patterns of the driver in terms of exceeding the speed limit, disregarding safe driving principles, and irresponsible use of brakes, sudden swerving, and using a mobile phone during driving, among others,” he said.

Both systems were being tested on standard and double-decker buses. The plan is to eventually monitor the more than 3,000 drivers who operate the RTA’s 1,500-strong bus fleet.

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Published: October 7, 2015 04:00 AM

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