Digital license plates will soon be on the streets of Dubai

Digital license plates will soon be on the streets of Dubai

Dubai is set to launch digital number plates as part of a trial that will also see cars fitted with Global Positioning System and transmitters.

If a vehicle or plate is stolen, the license plate can also flash an alert that it's ended up in the wrong hands.

Testing will begin next month, so expect to see a couple of digital plates rolling around Dubai. "I'm very, very curious".

Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, head of the RTA's Vehicle Licensing Department, said the plates will contact police and ambulance services if the vehicle is involved in a collision and allows real-time communication with other drivers about traffic and accidents. The smart plates will be equipped with digital screens, Global Positioning System and transmitters.

Dubai has been investing heavily in its technology sector.

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The tests will start in May with a proposed end date of November. "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. Details of the cost of the possible plate rollout are not yet known. If every auto is fitted with the plates, then the location of every person connected to the government is basically known by the authorities at all times.

It's not clear how much the plates will cost, but according to Sultan Abdullah, they are now being tested.

Dubai wants to be a leader in emerging technologies particularly related to transport. The pods would be capable of transporting passengers to Abu Dhabi, UAE's capital, in 12 minutes, a distance that takes around 80 minutes to drive.

Dubai has got major plans of expansion in terms of technology in the transportation sector and aspires for self-driving vehicles to account for a quarter of journeys by the year 2030.

The rapidly growing city also announced it is investigating the possible use of flying hoverbike drones for its police force.

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