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TIL: Dubai uses AI to plan its bus routes

  • Tech
  • Dubai
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Public transport
  • COVID-19 pandemic

TIL: Dubai uses AI to plan its bus routes

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Dubai’s Roads and Carriage Ascendancy (RTA) is exploring the use of bogus intelligence (AI) to plot more able bus routes based on how they are used throughout the day.

Machine acquirements (ML) algorithms could eventually inform updates to 150 routes used by 2,158 buses across Dubai, the RTA said.

The ascendancy trialled the system on ten public bus routes over thirty days, using Nol Card (Dubai’s public carriage smart card) data to accept patterns such as which bus stops were busy all day, which were primarily used during peak hours and those that were rarely used.

The one-month trial cut wasted time on bus routes by 13.3 percent, the RTA reports.

Ahmed Mahboub, Executive Director of Smart Services, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA, commented: “By using apparatus acquirements algorithms in allegory the captured data, departments can build up systems and take decisions with advertence to abandoning assertive stops, or proposing an accurate account that skips those stops, while ensuring chump needs are always addressed. Such a action will accord to convalescent this vital service.”

The technology could also reduce fuel burning and carbon emissions and save time for staff, he added.

The RTA said the access is in line with the United Arab Emirate government’s Bogus Intelligence Strategy as well as its own centralized goals. It could also be of absorption to cities and public carriage operators more widely as they accede how to plan for the future amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended the patterns which advancement systems have been based around.


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Appear October 7, 2020 — 09:00 UTC

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