RTA's Innovation Lab is the first government innovation lab in Dubai, located at the premises of Dubai Tram at Al Safouh, and the latest innovation that will be put to use by the Road and Transport Authority is a camera to spot illegal taxi service in the city.
In an article in khaleejtimes.com, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: "The Innovation Lab, featuring the participation of several CEOs, directors of the RTA as well as university students and representative of Ernst and Young Consultancies, has generated 21 ideas covering four agencies (six ideas for the Licensing Agency, and five ideas for each of the Traffic and Roads Agency, Rail Agency, and Public Transport Agency). Following discussions and reviewing such ideas and initiatives, 8 ideas were endorsed, 7 ideas would be subjected to more studies, and 6 ideas were eliminated."
'Akas' is one of the initiatives put forward, which is basically fitting an RTA vehicle with cameras and surveillance systems for spotting illegal taxi practitioners.
Initiatives to be implemented this year also include preparing an electronic guide for investment opportunities in Dubai Metro stations and launch of the second generation of the car parking tariff.