First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The City of Toronto has formed a partnership with community-based traffic and navigation app Waze which will provide both companies with free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with information on how to navigate the area. It will also allow the City to use anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions.
Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects.
Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users can also post traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details. Every user and trip improves the Waze map, and the data aims to help City staff better respond to issues as they occur. More information about the program is available on the website.
Mayor John Torry, said: "For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute. Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”