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Waze puts partner cities' traffic data in the cloud

Municipalities participating in the Waze for Cities program now have free access to the traffic data the Google-owned company has collected in the cloud.

The Waze for Cities program includes a thousand cities and other public-sector partners around the globe that use the traffic and navigation app to share their own information about street closures or construction directly with drivers. In return, Partners can tap into the aggregated traffic information Waze collects from its communities of drivers, event organizers and traffic management platforms like Waycare.

The Waze feed is updated every two minutes, which lets drivers and transportation officials see and analyze what's happening on their roadways -- backups, accidents, potholes and even roadkill -- in near-real time.  The filtered traffic data available to cities can be used to inform congestion pricing and event-specific traffic control.

Until now, partners were given access to an XML or JSON feed that they used to ingest Waze data. With the data on the Google Cloud Platform, however, cities can work with data directly in the cloud, using Google's BigQuery and Data Studio tools, rather than building their own tools and local repositories. Partners will get free access to the most commonly used dashboards.

With this new program, "our city partners can securely and privately store, analyze, interpret, and organize their data, improving traffic -- and creating safer streets -- for years to come," the company said in a Medium post.

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