Dh1m award for UAE road safety app

A team from the NYU Abu Dhabi developed the RoadWatch app which encourages drivers to follow the rules of the road.

ABU DHABI // A team from New York University Abu Dhabi that created a smartphone road safety app have won Dh1 million award for their invention.

The RoadWatch app encourages drivers to follow the rules of the road.

The award was presented at the UAE Best m-government Service Award during the World Government Summit in Dubai.

“It is an honour to be able to work on a project for the benefit of both government and the people of the UAE, and to work with a diverse team of students with a common interest of giving back to the UAE community,” said team member Maitha Salem Al Memari.

The team was made up of students from Brazil, China, New Zealand, the UAE and Vietnam. They included Quan Ho Vuong, Kai-Erik Marechal Jensen, Kenny Song and Zhang Lingliang.

The app displays the current state of the roads and related statistics and warns drivers when they are speeding or if an emergency services vehicle is approaching. They are also alerted to accidents and heavy fog to allow for changing routes and to reduce speed.

Statistics collected by the app will be sent anonymously to the Ministry of Interior to assist in road planning and identifying traffic hotspots.

For more information, visit roadwatch.ae