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Smart number plates will soon alert police and ambulances in Dubai

Smart number plates will soon alert police and ambulances in Dubai Smart number plates will soon alert police and ambulances in Dubai
Stacy Diaz | 14 April, 2018, 04:53

The BBC reported on Wednesday that digital plates are set to go in the trial phase.

The head of Dubai's Vehicle Licensing Department said the plates will alert police and ambulances if a auto is in an accident, and allows driver-to-driver communication about hazards in the road or other traffic conditions.

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. An added bonus is that the license plate will automatically pay parking charges and pay the renewal fee for registration plates.

The new plates will be able to inform emergency services if a driver has an accident.

Dubai is determined to become a global leader in technology and is implementing a range of trials to test emerging technologies in everyday use. The item would also enable drivers to communicate with others on the road about any accidents they witness on the road or traffic spots they encounter, to help create a more informed driver experience for Dubai residents. "It will be compatible with the different mobile platforms and drivers will be able to conduct any transaction using the plate number, without having to visit the customer care center", al-Marzouqi said.

Sultan Abdullah told the Khaleej Times: "The digital plate, called Tag to Connect, is a smart screen that will replace the current metal plate".

It is not clear how much the plates will cost, with Sultan Abdullah saying that the final cost of the project will only be known after the trial ends in November.

The smart license plate design will have the capacity to transmit alerts and important messages to other drivers. Dubai officials also plan for self-driving cars to make up 25 percent of all trips in the city by 2030. They are also planning a Hyperloop system between downtown Dubai and the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi.