Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Digital license plates will soon be on the streets of Dubai

Digital license plates will soon be on the streets of Dubai

The digital number plates can also be linked to the individual's bank account so that all parking and fines are automatically deducted.

"This feature will help us study road behavior of a driver, track the vehicle's movement as well as helping the driver to conduct seamless transaction with different authorities", says government licensing director Sultan Al Marzouqi.

Soon the wired smart plates will replace the existing metal ones and vehicles will have digital screens equipped with Global Positioning System, transmitters and a microprocessor chip, reported Gulf News.

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The "Tag to Connect" system would also make cars flash if it's been stolen and you'll even be able to change your registration on an app. It sees vehicles installed with smart plates (digital screens) equipped with Global Positioning System, transmitters and a microprocessor chip, replacing the existing metal plates.

Dubai has been investing heavily in its technology sector.

"The digital plate will also allow vehicles to connect with each other - that's why it's Tag to Connect - meaning, motorists can exchange information on traffic condition or if there is an accident on the road".

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The tests will start in May with a proposed end date of November. Now, the drivers in the United Arab Emirates are all set to test the digital license plates. Details of the cost of the possible plate rollout are not yet known.

Dubai wants to be a leader in emerging technologies particularly related to transport.

The city is also planning high-speed Hyperloop pods to open by 2020 that would transport passengers to the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes, a distance of over 120km (75 miles). The 3-million person city hopes to have self-driving cars accounting for s a quarter of journeys by 2030. The Dubai police force has outlined plans to add a bunch of the Russian designed Hoversurf Scorpion 3 to the team for both manned and unmanned missions.

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