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WAZE AND TRANSPORT FOR LONDON COLLABORATE TO HELP EASE CONGESTION IN LONDON
Waze Connected Citizens Programme signs up Transport for the London as its first UK partner, and 100th global collaboration
Monday 10th October 2016 – Today, Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers, announces its 100th global partner – and the first in the UK - with Transport for London (TfL). The Waze Connected Citizens Program is designed as a free, two-way data exchange that empowers municipalities to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion, make better-informed planning decisions and reduce emergency response times.
The Waze Connected Citizens Program’s mutually-beneficial data share has had a measurable impact since its inception two years ago. From facilitating infrastructure planning in Rio de Janeiro to crisis response in Mexico, partners continue to develop new ways that Waze data can be utilised to best improve urban mobility. Notably, through reducing congestion in Boston, U.S, the program has helped speed up emergency response times in the city by four minutes. Now, in London, TfL will have access to and use the crowd-sourced data to help manage traffic for the millions of car drivers in the UK Capital.
TfL will provide its real-time government-reported construction, collision and road closure data from its open API to Waze for the app to confidently and accurately provide information to drivers to enable them to plan their journeys. It is hoped that this will be the first of many British collaborations.
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.”
Paige Fitzgerald, Head of New Business Development - Data Acquisition for Waze says: “Since 2008, Waze has evolved from a traffic app to the change agent in traffic and mobility innovation.
“Harnessing the insights of more than 65 million monthly active users, its Map Editor communities, and varied, data-driven enterprise partnerships, Waze continues to share its unprecedented knowledge base of traffic and driver insights to improve urban mobility across the world.”
“It is critical that prospective partners show their dedication to citizen engagement and commit to use Waze data to improve city efficiency. Waze Partners are also expected to measure and share their findings with other municipal organizations, developing case studies that serve as keys to a global set of improvements which can be made for collective mobility.”
To find out more about Connected Citizens visit http://waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get.
Notes to Editors
Launched in October 2014 with 10 city partners, the Waze Connected Citizens Program now has 100 global partners including city, state and country government agencies, non-profits and first responders. Transport for London joins other partners across North America, Latin America, EMEA and APAC including the U.S. Department of Transportation (United States), Rio de Janeiro COR (Brazil), Rome Center for Mobility (Italy), and Transportation Management Centre of New South Wales (Australia).
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace.