UAE to install speed detector ‘smart gates’

UAE authorities unveiled plans for the new speed control mechanism at the Gitex technology conference in Dubai last week.
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by Sarah Townsend

A series of ‘smart gates’ are to be installed along the road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to monitor drivers’ speeds and reduce fog-related accidents.

UAE authorities unveiled plans for the new speed control mechanism at the Gitex technology conference in Dubai last week.

The smart gates will work by sensing when there are particularly foggy conditions and sending drivers an adjusted speed limit with which to comply.

There is already a pilot smart gate installed in front of Al Rahma Mall on the way to Abu Dhabi, according to a report in Emirates247.

However, under the plans, a total of 69 such gates will be fixed on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, and Abu Dhabi to Western Region roads.

They will be positioned every four to six kilometres to remind road users of the revised speed limit.

The first gates will be built on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi road next year, the newspaper said.

It reported that motorists are urged to drive with caution in foggy or dusty conditions, however there is no official reduced speed limit for poor visibility.

Marzouq Saeed Al Zaabi, traffic systems engineer at Abu Dhabi Police was quoted as saying: “There have been a lot of fog-related accidents on these roads.

“The smart gate will dictate the reduced speed limit depending on the visibility at that time and place. The gate has an in-built speed radar which can capture the speed of the car as it passes.” 

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