Riyadh city skyline
Riyadh city skyline at night. Satellite-based location and communication systems have been the platform for automatic vehicle location systems, which are now supporting real-time passenger information, fleet management and operations and public transport priorities in Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Abu Dhabi: Some 800,000 Saudi citizens have been paid more than SR6 billion (approximately $1.6 billion) after automatic vehicle location systems were introduced in many major cities around the country to improve the efficiency of road-based passenger transport systems, a top official said.

“Passenger transport applications are one of the promising activities in the Saudi market, yielding more than SR6 billion for as many as 800,000 Saudis,” said Saleh Al Jasser, Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Public Transport Authority.

He stressed the importance of investing in strategic and comparative sectors, such as the participatory economy, the employment of technology and artificial intelligence, which reflects the quality of the services provided in the transport sector and the welfare of the citizens.

Al Jasser was speaking as he honoured a number of employees in the passenger transport applications.

Satellite-based location and communication systems have been the platform for automatic vehicle location systems, which are now supporting real-time passenger information, fleet management and operations and public transport priorities in Saudi Arabia.