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Ottawa shares traffic data with Waze

The Canadian city joins the likes of Toronto, Montreal, New York and San Francisco in the Waze for Cities data-sharing programme.

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The latest initiative falls under the City of Ottawa's smart city plan
The latest initiative falls under the City of Ottawa's smart city plan

The city of Ottawa has teamed with the Google-owned navigation app Waze and will share its traffic data to help drivers reach their destination more easily by providing “better and real-time traffic updates”.

 

This partnership is an initiative under Ottawa’s smart city plan which seeks to deploy innovation, technology and leading practices to enhance residents’ experience in acquiring information and services.

 

High-traffic congestion

 

Waze is a crowdsourced GPS navigation app where users can submit anonymously where they encountered high-traffic congestion, slower-than-usual traffic speed, collisions, stalled vehicles and closures.

 

The combination of Ottawa’s traffic information and user submissions will provide more comprehensive and up-to-date information, such as road and lane closures, collisions, construction and detours.

 

“The Waze map is a unique tool that evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing more knowledge.”

 

According to Waze, the app provides users with route options, latest road and traffic reports, and an option where motorists can get turn-by-turn vocal directions to their destination.

 

“This innovative partnership demonstrates how we can partner and share data to create a win-win situation where residents, our transportation system and the community all benefit,” said Jim Watson, mayor of Ottowa.

 

The initiative is part of a new data-sharing partnership with the Waze for Cities Programme. Ottawa joins cities like Toronto, Montreal, New York and San Francisco, which are reported to have benefitted from similar ventures.

 

“The Waze map is a unique tool that evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing more knowledge with Wazers about potential delays to their commutes,” continued Mike Wilson, country manager, Waze Canada.

 

“Waze is excited to have Ottawa join the Waze for Cities programme as a new partner, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams within the app.”

 

“Having just achieved a top three ranking on the Open Cities Index, this partnership is another example of the city continuing to open up its data to foster community innovation and allow residents to choose their channel of choice when accessing the information they need to plan their trips,” added councillor Jeff Leiper, chair of the information technology sub-committee, Ottowa.

 

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