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Dubai 'smart' license plates call police after accidents

"This feature will help us study road behaviour of a driver, track the vehicle's movement as well as helping the driver to conduct seamless transaction with different authorities," says RTA licensing director Sultan Al Marzouqi.

Dubai is preparing to test ' smart' license plates equipped with GPS and wireless communications technology.

Known as Tag2Connect (T2C), the system will be capable of automatically alerting emergency services if the vehicle is involved in an accident or stolen.

"This feature will help us study road behavior of a driver, track the vehicle's movement as well as helping the driver to conduct seamless transaction with different authorities," says government licensing director Sultan Al Marzouqi.

The T2C plate will be tied to a driver's license account, enabling payment of vehicle registration or fines without requiring a physical visit to a government office.

Officials expect the trial to run through the end of the year to test for unexpected problems. The government is also still trying to work out additional details, such as pricing.