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TfL to use crowd-sourced map data to decrease congestion

Date: 12 October 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Waze, the Google-owned traffic and navigation app, and Transport for London have partnered in an attempt to improve congestion.

Known as the Connected Citizens Program , Transport for London TfL will have access to the data, which is gathered from its users in order to help manage traffic.

Since the Connected Citizens Program was launched two years ago, Waze claims its data has helped to facilitate infrastructure planning in Rio de Janeiro, while Boston's emergency response times have been reduced by four minutes thanks to a decrease in congestion.

TfL is the first British partner for the mapping service, which was bought by Google in 2013. The London transport authority will provide its real-time road construction, collision, and road-closure data to Waze to help its users plan their journeys more efficiently.

"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 programmeProgram, 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," said Phil Young, head of online at TfL.