Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has launched a trial run of its Smart Yard initiative at UAE Innovation Week being held from November 20 to 26, 2016. The Smart Yard examines key testing phases of driving licence applicants and is equipped with sophisticated technological devices and a testing vehicle.
“Innovation has become a standard practice and style characterising RTA projects and initiatives and the Smart Yard is part of this innovative trend adopted by the RTA,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of the RTA’s Licensing Agency.
“The Smart Yard is fitted with five surveillance cameras; four of them outside the vehicle to guide the examinee to the locations of five manouevres (movements). The fifth camera is fitted on board the test vehicle to verify the identity of the driver during the test.
“The vehicle is equipped with more than 20 sensors to help the examinee avoid collision in case of approaching an obstacle. The Smart Yard is also fitted with sensors that automatically transmit images of the test once the vehicle passes through them to a processor that spots mistakes made by the driver. The captured images are then transmitted to an interactive screen in a control tower installed in the testing yard where a staff member retrieves the results and uses them in the assessment of the examinee,” said Bahrozyan.
“It is a common practice that an examinee undergoes three types of tests; theoretical knowledge test, yard test and road test. The yard test has five components: parallel parking, roadside parking (60 degrees inclination), garage parking, slope (hill) and sudden braking.
“Among the advantages of the smart testing yard is that the examiner can monitor more than one examinee at a time; which translates into reducing the number of examiners by as much as 35% from the current levels. It will also enable handling more visitors and accordingly reduce the waiting lists; a challenge we should be able to overcome through this smart testing.
“The Smart Yard initiative will also help us address another issue. Some examinees complain that their test results are impacted by different viewpoints and perceptions of controversial mistakes on the part of examiners. This issue can be eliminated under this new model as technology is always neutral and results generated cannot be disputed,” commented Bahrozyan.