Caltrans partners with Waze to share traffic data
- By Derek Major
- Apr 12, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is partnering with the smartphone application Waze to help California drivers better avoid traffic.
Waze, a Google-owned service, is one of the world’s largest navigation and traffic applications, with more than 1.7 million monthly users in Los Angeles and 678,000 in San Francisco. App users automatically transmit information on traffic conditions as they travel, and the data is shared in real-time with other users. Users also can volunteer to share reports of speed traps, accidents, police activity and other factors that can slow traffic.
In the partnership, Waze will provide Caltrans with anonymous traffic and incident report data from Waze users so that the state can post the information on its website and QuickMap app. Caltrans will provide Waze with information on street closures, construction, accidents and other issues holding up traffic.
Waze has struck similar deals with other local governments, both in the United States and elsewhere, through its "connected citizen" program. In Boston, officials have even used the shared data to spot and address double-parking that is jamming city streets.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.