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Watch: London-style black cabs to hit the road in Dubai next month

The new public transport fleet is inspired by the famous taxis operating in the capital of the United Kingdom

A fleet of London-style “black cabs” will be rolled out on the streets of Dubai.

The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority said the sleek line of taxis – a hybrid design using electricity and fuel – will hit the road next month.

The trial use of the eye-catching vehicles, featuring the famous black colour and semi-curved shape of taxis across much of Britain, will be managed by Dubai Taxi Corporation.

The service will be available at Dubai International Airport during the trial period.

The eco-friendly taxis coming to Dubai:

Dubai’s new range of taxis will have spacious interiors, with room for six seats in a separate cabin from the driver.

The design is well served to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

The taxis are fitted with a satellite-based navigation system, voice command, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning software, in addition to a Wi-Fi network.

The London taxi has a dual engine for better control of the vehicle under different climate conditions. It also has accelerated braking system and a battery that can be recharged in only 30 minutes.

The news was announced by Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the RTA, during a visit to the Dubai Taxi Corporation.

Updated: January 17, 2021 04:16 PM

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