receives input from ODOT’s TripCheck Traveler Information Portal. The publically available data is updated every two minutes and includes everything from construction and incident data to weather data and road reports. This information shows up on the Waze mobile app, helping travelers to use Oregon’s transportation system more safely and efficiently. “Oregon already has a strong Waze community with major cities like Portland,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program manager at Waze. “We can now enhance the local map quality of Waze with data from ODOT like road closures and severe weather alerts, even in rural areas.” The unique part of this agreement is not that ODOT shares information with Waze, but that Waze shares information with the department. Waze user-reported incidents, construction, congestion and weather are fed to
ODOT. The department is currently assessing how to filter the data to make it most useful and will eventually use it to enhance the display on TripCheck. “We’re pretty excited about this twoway partnership,” said Galen McGill, ODOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager. “Citizen-supplied data will add to the eyes and ears of ODOT staff already out on the roads and highways. Waze users travel in places where we can’t have roadway sensors or cameras so it greatly enhances our ability to provide up to the minute and accurate traffic data to the public.” To find out more about Connected Citizens visit http://waze.com/connectedcitizens. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com. Find out more information about ODOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems.
April 10, 2015
Oregon Department of Transportation