The Waze for Cities Data programme will give Calgary’s traffic management centre an ‘unprecedented’ look at real-time road activity to make better-informed planning decisions.
The City of Calgary, Alberta, has entered a data-sharing partnership with navigation platform Waze to help improve traffic by gathering and sharing road information in real-time.
Waze for Cities Data programme will give Calgary’s traffic management centre (TMC), according to the company, the ability to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better-informed planning decisions.
Waze will help provide the City with real-time, anonymous, user-generated incident and traffic information directly from the source: drivers and passengers themselves. In exchange, the City will provide real-time government-reported construction, crash, and road closure data to Waze to return one of the most “succinct, thorough overviews” of current road conditions.
“As a smart city, we’re always looking for opportunities to improve the services we’re delivering to Calgarians by connecting technology and data,” said Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary.
“This exciting, no-cost partnership with Waze will provide Calgarians with real-time information, about traffic and road conditions, reducing commute times and making our roads even safer.”
The Waze map evolves in real time with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing more knowledge with drivers about potential delays to their commutes. Waze for Cities Data provides local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams within the app.
“As a smart city, we’re always looking for opportunities to improve the services we’re delivering to Calgarians by connecting technology and data”
Meanwhile, the City of Calgary can further provide Calgary Waze users with advanced notice of major traffic events that will affect their daily routes. During emergency situations, such as major weather events, users can check the app for the latest details around road closures to ensure safe travel during potentially hazardous conditions.
“Canadian cities are looking for ways to use data to improve the vital transportation services they provide,” added Mike Wilson, head of Canada, Waze.
“We’re pleased to partner with the City of Calgary as part of the Waze for Cities Data programme, and help Calgarians understand what’s happening on the roads so their drives are as worry-free as possible.”
Waze is a platform that aims to empower communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpools to improve the way everyone moves around the world.
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