HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has revealed that the RTA had endorsed plans, programs and initiatives for implementing the National Innovation Strategy and the Dubai Innovation Strategy.
Such a move is taken in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, designating 2015 as a year of innovation in the UAE. It also echoes the Dubai Innovation Strategy endorsed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Chairman of the Executive Council, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world.
Al Tayer made these comments during the ceremony held by the RTA marking its ninth anniversary held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and attended by CEOs, Directors and employees of the RTA.
“Procedures adopted by the RTA include establishing a standing committee to map out RTA’s innovation strategy and establishing an innovation lab (incubator) concerned with the implementation of the best global practices of generating innovative materials & technologies such as heat-resistant asphalt, dust-resistant glass, and rail vibration sensors among others.
The RTA has also formed institutional research teams, established a Research, Development and Innovation Section affiliated to the Office of the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, and set out innovation teams across RTA sectors and agencies. It has also conducted a thorough review of the existing suggestions system, upped rewards budget to motivate employees & customers contribute ideas capable of overhauling business process, and allocated more financial resources for RTA’s Scientific Research Award in a bid to stimulate employees participation in the Award,” said Al Tayer.
“This year the RTA will embark on a study of the use of autonomous/driverless cars with the aim of deploying them in Expo 2020, and next May it will finalize the Transformation to the Smart Government Project by introducing smart, innovative and user-friendly apps that meet customer needs. The number of smart services provided by the RTA has so far soared to as much as 88 services provided via nine smart apps. The RTA will shortly start the test run of the electric bus; which is powered solely by electricity supplied by a rechargeable battery which can be recharged up to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
When fully charged, the battery will be provide the power needed for the bus to travel up to 200 km, and the bus can travel at a speed of up to 100 km per hour,” he added. More info