Translator taxis, post-paid rides: 6 revolutionary ways to travel in the near future – News

Discover the future of mobility

Published: Mon 7 Feb 2022, 15:36

The fourth edition of the Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition 2022, currently taking place at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre, showcases unique and advanced new technologies that will revolutionize mobility for years to come.

From all-electric, smart buses to green taxis and AI-integrated taxis, here are some of the new technologies worth looking into to peek into the future of mobility.

Taxi integrated with AI

Streamax, Hyundai distributor Juma Al Majid and GBS present an artificial intelligence taxi with integrated cameras to detect driver behavior.

This can help determine if the driver is tired, smokes or uses a phone while driving. There is another camera inside which can detect objects. For example, if a passenger has left their belongings in the taxi, the taxi will automatically notify the driver.

Taxi Translator

The Saudi Transport Authority presents a green taxi equipped with security cameras to protect the rights of drivers and passengers. There are also two screens in the back which act as a translator between a pilot and a pilot.

For example, a tourist can tell on the screen who will translate it for him to the driver and vice versa. this will facilitate communication and remove the language barrier between driver and passenger. Additionally, screens will also display nearby tourist attractions so runners can choose and visit any of them.

Swipe to your destination

The Swiss company Fairtiq presents its application which connects public transport operators with passengers. It is a post-paid mobile ticketing application. Thus, passengers do not have to buy tickets before their trip.

Passengers simply swipe their finger at the start of their public transport journey and the app will do the rest. After the trip is completed, it will automatically detect the app funds and immediately notify the passenger of the trip and the cost.

The big advantage over Nol is that it works without hardware and can be launched without a validator, portal and heavy infrastructure. This system is currently operational in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Electric bus that communicates with the control room

The all-electric bus from Swedish car manufacturer Volvo also attracts the attention of visitors.

The bus has been redesigned to be lighter and can report in real time to the control room the status of the batteries, how long it can still run and how much hotter it is inside the bus. It also provides real-time data on how the driver is feeling, if he is overspeeding or if the bus is passing a hospital and school so that his speed can be reduced remotely.

The bus is on trial in Dubai for six months in cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Hyundai IONIQ 5: a futuristic car

South Korean car giant Hyundai is showcasing its upcoming futuristic car IONIQ 5 at the expo which can travel 481 kilometers when fully charged. It can be fully charged in just 18 minutes with a quick charger.


While the car can travel up to 100 km on a 5 minute charge. The car is also very eco-friendly as its leather interior is made from yarn and not animal skin. The car on display comes with futuristically designed 20-inch aero wheels and uniquely designed LED lights. The vehicle is expected to be launched in the second half of this year in the United Arab Emirates.

Electric bus with a capacity of 108 passengers

Turkish company Otokar is also taking part in the Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition 2022. It is showcasing its all-electric bus which can travel more than 300 kilometers in four hours of charging and has a maximum capacity of 108 passengers.

The company is testing the bus in the Gulf region to verify its performance in the hot climate. The electric batteries, located at the rear of the bus, can also be reconfigured according to the needs of the operator.