The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Nokia today announced that they had signed an MoU agreement to license Nokia Maps data for the city’s public transport system. Following this agreement, ‘Nokia Transit’ will be the first smartphone app to provide the city’s residents with full details of all modes of transport including the metro, public buses, marine transport modes and taxis for any given destination. Dubai is the first city in the MENA Region that harnessed this application and introduced it to the public transport commuters.
The application also features exact departure and arrival schedules along with details of transfers and guides pedestrians to the nearest stop or station making it simple and easier for residents to travel via public transport.
Abdulla Al Madani, RTA’s CEO, Corporate Technical Support Services Sector said: “RTA has always been striving to provide its clients with world-class services by virtue of harnessing the latest technologies in order to make their daily public transport trips a safe and smooth experience.”
“Signing an MoU agreement with an internationally renowned company such as Nokia will indisputably constitute an added-value to our work mechanism and make mass transit much more easier for all commuters. We consider this agreement as an initial step for broader horizons of mutual business cooperation on different fronts,” added Al Madani.
For his part, Henri Mattila, Nokia Middle East’s Head of Products said: “The Dubai public transport data is invaluable local content which truly enriches our product portfolio and delight people all over the world. We are extremely happy to see ‘HERE’ - Nokia’s cutting-edge mapping platform used by the RTA in a way that provides useful information for residents and visitors in Dubai, reflecting our vision of providing consumers with distinct experiences.”
Content such as maps, transport and traffic data is pivotal in meeting increasingly demanding consumer expectations and Nokia’s HERE platform leads the way with its wealth of world leading, premium location content.
The RTA has been working to provide systems, which can keep pace with one of the fastest growing cities in the world. There has already been a steady increase in the usage of public transport modes including the metro, public buses and marine in Dubai over the last few years reaching around (231) million passengers in 2012, while the taxicabs transited around (167) million passengers in the same year.
With this pattern of growth expected to continue, the launch of ‘Nokia Transit’ for Dubai is particularly timely. Using exact time schedules, this practical app can plan highly accurate journeys literally from door to door, providing the information and directions needed every step of the way.
Nokia Transit for Dubai is now available from Marketplace for free download on Nokia LUMIA 920, 820, 720, 620 and 520 smartphones. Users wanting to calculate routes using public transportation in Dubai can also check our web maps.