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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inaugurated a pilot program using an AI-equipped vehicle to detect road damage and check traffic diversions.

This move highlights RTA's dedication to using the latest digital and AI technologies to improve road quality and traffic safety in the emirate, supporting the vision of becoming the World Leader in Seamless and Sustainable Mobility.

The smart vehicle comes with high-precision tools that collect data on road conditions and ensure traffic diversions meet RTA standards. It uses cameras, sensors, and other devices to spot damage to road infrastructure, create reports, and upload them automatically without human help.

Hussain Al Banna, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency, explained that the RTA is "keen on improving the operational efficiency of monitoring and detecting damage to the right-of-way and response time," WAM reported.

He noted that this initiative will help contribute to extending the lifespan and sustainability of assets and facilities while maintaining the urban aesthetic of Dubai.

"This process will also enhance the performance of the infrastructure and road network across the emirate, support economic and population growth, and reinforce Dubai's standing as an ideal and safe destination for residents and visitors," he added.

Reports generated on road damage are over 85% accurate, exceeding traditional methods. It also helps verify that traffic diversions meet approved standards, ensuring smooth and safe traffic flow for drivers.

The smart vehicle covers up to 30% more area and reduces inspection time by at least 70% compared to traditional inspections.

Al Banna said that the "RTA will continue efforts to keep pace with the industrial revolution and adopt the latest digital technology in asset inspection, evaluation, and proactive maintenance."

"RTA is committed to implementing best practices and standards in asset sustainability and providing safe and smooth mobility for motorists and pedestrians in Dubai, ensuring safe and efficient road crossings," he added.

Last week, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), met a delegation from Ohio to boost relations and partnership between the RTA and its American counterparts.