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Mumbai named most congested city in the world

Drivers in India’s most populous city expect to spend an average of 65 per cent extra time stuck in traffic, according to the latest TomTom Traffic Index.

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Mumbai is the most congested city, closely followed by Bogota
Mumbai is the most congested city, closely followed by Bogota

Mumbai has been named as the most traffic-congested city in the world, according to a new study.

 

The Traffic Index report from independent location technology specialist, TomTom, revealed drivers in the Indian city expect to spend an average of 65 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic. The report details the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 around the world.

 

Rising congestion

 

Next in the global rankings are Colombian capital, Bogota (63 per cent), Lima in Peru (58 per cent), New Delhi in India (58 per cent) and Russian capital, Moscow (56 per cent), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.

 

With Moscow taking the lead in Europe, Istanbul (53 per cent) came a close second with Bucharest (48 per cent) Saint Petersburg (47 per cent) and Kiev (46 per cent) making up the top five. Brussels (37 per cent), London (37 per cent) and Paris (36 per cent) were positioned at 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

 

“Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact, said Ralf-Peter Schäfer, VP of traffic information, TomTom.

 

North America’s top five most congested cities are Mexico City (52 per cent), Los Angeles (41 per cent), Vancouver (38 per cent), New York (36 per cent) and San Francisco (34 per cent).

“At TomTom, we’re working towards a future where vehicles are electric, shared and autonomous so that our future really is free of congestion and emissions"

The report also revealed “significant differences” between continents: for example, decreases were measured in Asia, with a large decrease in congestion (-8 per cent) in Jakarta, while nearly every city in South America posted increases, the largest (8 per cent) taking place in Lima.

 

“At TomTom, we’re working towards a future where vehicles are electric, shared and autonomous so that our future really is free of congestion and emissions,” added Schäfer

 

“We have the technology to make this future happen – but it takes a collaborative effort. From road authorities, to governments, car makers to car drivers, we all have a part to play.”

 

TomTom said it has been collecting traffic information and providing traffic services for nearly a decade, allowing drivers to make smarter choices in route planning and avoiding congestion.

 

By combining its experience with leading business and technology partners, it seeks to power connected vehicles, smart mobility and, ultimately, autonomous driving.

 

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