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In a bid to identify overloaded trucks, the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai is implementing sensors on highways to detect vehicles carrying goods outweighing its holding capacity.

Sensors to detect overloaded trucks

The concept is currently in its pilot phase, with one sensor placed on Al Hatta Road. The device is capable of detecting whether a truck is overloaded with goods or whether it’s hazardous for the roads. If the sensor detects a hazard, it issues a warning to the nearest safety vehicle.

RTA Dubai Truck sensors

Photograph credit: Pixabay

Overloaded trucks a safety issue

Abdulla Albastaki, director of monitoring and enforcing department at the licensing agency of the RTA, reportedly said:

“We used to monitor heavy vehicles on Dubai roads manually, and that takes time. We have changed that and we have installed sensors under the roads. When the vehicle crosses that sensor, it will be able to tell us if it is overweight, which is a safety issue.”

He went on to describe how robots would be used to signal the suspected vehicles to stop, capturing data in the process. For checking the height of vehicles, drones will be deployed. It is hoped that this new technology will help to enhance efficiency and reduce hazards related to overloaded trucks on the road.

RTA is taking a step into the future with a line-up of projects

Apart from the sensors’ project, RTA is rolling out a line-up of futuristic concepts to make commuting and transportation easier in Dubai. Recently, they introduced driverless taxis in line with the city’s vision to make 25% of the total transportation autonomous by 2030, followed by Sky-Pods capable of carrying 24 passengers at speeds of up to 150 km/h. It is expected that the SKy Pods will be able to transport up to 20,000 passengers an hour, with 2 people to each pod.

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