Dubai Announced a New Traffic System for the Elderly and People of Determination

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will introduce a new traffic system to “enhance pedestrian safety” on roads.

The traffic system will be part of the authority’s second phase of its Smart Pedestrian Signals project expansion, which will add 10 new sites to the existing locations.

This move is expected to increase the total number of Smart Pedestrian Signal locations to 28 by 2024, according to a statement by the RTA.

The Smart Pedestrian Signals project utilises cutting-edge smart technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure seamless traffic management and enhance the safety of both pedestrians and motorists.

The move also supports Dubai’s ambition to become a leading smart city and a global trailblazer in intelligent traffic systems.

According to Mohammed Al Ali, Director of Intelligent Traffic Management Department, Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA, the Smart Pedestrian Signals technology is operated by a system that relies on sensors connected to a ground optical system synchronised with the signal’s light operation.

“It perceives the pedestrian movement on the pavement (before crossing the street) and on the pedestrian crossing (while crossing). This significantly enhances pedestrian safety while also boosting the efficiency of traffic light operations and ensures better management of signal timing,” RTA’s Al Ali said.

The first phase of the project involved installing smart pedestrian signals at various key locations throughout Dubai, and the results showed that no pedestrian accidents occurred since the introduction of smart pedestrian signals.

Source: Arabian Business