Dubai tests out digital licence plates

According to the city's transport minister- all information will be monitored by a nerve centre

In a trial beginning next month, several vehicles in Dubai will get a digital license plate that comes in the form of a smart plate with digital screens, Global Positioning System and transmitters.

Its report added that the digital plate is that it will flash "stolen" if someone will try to carjack the vehicle or steal the digital plate.

Smart license plates aren't the only innovation that Dubai is pursuing at the moment. "I'm very, very curious".

Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, the head of the Vehicle Licensing Department at Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) dispelled the rumours, claiming the introduction of the plates will make life "easier for drivers".

The new plates will be able to inform emergency services if a driver has an accident.

The BBC also mentioned that the desert climate of Dubai along with the scorching heat and sand might pose multiple challenges to the technology.

Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates under new plans.

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The small digital panel can also update with a message if necessary to alert or warn other drivers about changing conditions.

The tests will start in May with a proposed end date of November. Details of the cost of the possible plate rollout are not yet known.

It's not clear how much the plates will cost, but according to Sultan Abdullah, they are now being tested.

Critics of the plates question how much knowledge about an individual's whereabouts the government should have.

'The digital plate, called Tag to Connect, is a smart screen that will replace the current metal plate, ' Sultan Abdullah Al Marzouqi told Khaleej Times.

Dubai wants to be a leader in emerging technologies particularly related to transport.

Dubai has got major plans of expansion in terms of technology in the transportation sector and aspires for self-driving vehicles to account for a quarter of journeys by the year 2030. Several high-speed Hyperloop pods are also in the pipeline, one that's capable of transporting passengers to the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes, over a distance of 120 km.

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