No more human examiners, the smart yard initiative will observe driving license tests with cameras and sensors
23 June 2019| Last updated on 19 January 2020
UAE drivers must take three driving tests: Theoretical, yard, and road.
The new, smart yard initiative will monitor practicing drivers’ test performances through sophisticated sensors and smart cameras. These tests will be held in controlled environments to ensure the examinee’s safety.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said that the new system will assess the examinee’s five-maneuver yard test and will match the movements according to the approved testing standards.
Examinees training and testing to obtain their UAE driving license must take the yard test after the few initial classes.
The test involves five maneuvers: parking, garage, 60-degree parking, emergency brake, and hill movement.
How does it work?
Cameras and sensors capture the vehicle’s information, such as the use of brakes and safety belt, and relay the test images to an interactive screen at a control tower in the testing yard managed by RTA employees.
At the same time, the test inputs (information and videos) are analyzed by a high-speed processor on board the vehicle to assess the driver and decide on the test result - whether they pass or fail.
Khaled Alsalehi, Director of Drivers Training and Qualification Department, said,’’ It reduces the error margin in taking the 'pass' or 'fail' decision […] It also improves safety, thanks to the use of technology to avoid accidents.’’
The new technology has been applied to 15 testing yards across Dubai and so far, over 108,000 testing processes have been completed.
Alsaheli added, "The smart yard initiative has helped the RTA overcome another challenge: Some examinees claiming that results of their tests were sometimes impacted by different perceptions of examiners about mistakes. The technology in place now eliminates this issue as it takes impartial decisions that cannot be challenged."
With no human intervention during the tests, the initiative is expected to ease the driving license tests for candidates and examiners – it will improve the quality of the exam and reduce the margin of error. When human examiners are involved, it increases the chances for an error in judgment.