TfL partners with Waze app to provide latest traffic information for drivers
Transport for London is to help manage traffic for car drivers in the Capital under a partnership with free traffic and navigation app Waze.
Founded two years ago, the Waze Connected Citizens Program offers a free, two-way data exchange that enables municipalities to use real-time driver insights to improve congestion and reduce emergency response times. The programme has already helped reduce congestion in Boston, US, and will now provide TfL with crowd-sourced data to help manage traffic for the millions of car drivers in the UK Capital.
In addition, TfL will provide its real-time government-reported construction, collision and road closure data from its open API to Waze for the app to provide information to drivers to enable them to plan their journeys.
Phil Young, head of online at TfL, said: “Getting the latest traffic information direct to drivers when and where they want it is key to enabling them to avoid delays. We have a wealth of open data available and by working with Waze and joining the global Connected Citizens programme, we can not only ensure London’s road users have the information they need to plan their journeys, but we can also draw in more data to help us manage London’s busy road network.”
Waze is also seeking further collaborations with other British organisations to improve city efficiency and mobility.