RTA pilots hi-tech system for trucks

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Source:  www.khaleejtimes.com

DUBAI – As part of its ongoing road safety campaign, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has piloted two of the world’s most advanced vehicle technologies on heavy trucks that track their movement as well as condition of the tyres.

The new technology has been fitted to 40 trucks as an experiment to see its role in minimising traffic accidents. Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said: “The Monitoring and Enforcement Department at the Licensing Agency piloted the technological systems last month in cooperation with Astrata Company and Trakker Company Middle East.

Some companies have volunteered to subject their heavy vehicles to this experiment by fitting them with the new system.”

He added that the mechanism of the new pilot technology, which is electronically linked to control systems via satellites, enables sending of alerts to the driver, operator and the RTA in case of a certain defect in the vehicle or if the driver is over-speeding, enabling accurate and full revision of the vehicle’s safety.

“The system does 10 basic functions which contribute to raising the level of traffic safety, effective management of heavy vehicles’ fleet and remote control of heavy vehicles and their whereabouts. It also performs other jobs related to the behavioural patterns of the driver and the extent of his proper and sound use of the vehicle on road.

It also contributes to minimising accidents and erroneous behaviours in using the vehicle and fostering the traffic awareness concept among drivers and whether it reflects favourably on road safety,” Bahrozyan said, elaborating the system.

The system also checks tyre pressure, monitors variation in tyre alignment and defines the proper position of the tyre through a display panel indicating the body of the vehicle and tyre distribution in an effective manner.

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