The City of Ottawa will be sharing its traffic data with Google’s Waze traffic app, providing better and real-time traffic updates to help Ottawa commuters better plan their routes.
This is part of a new data-sharing partnership with the Waze Connected Citizens Program, joining other cities like Toronto, Montreal, New York and San Francisco, who have all benefitted from similar initiatives.
Waze is a crowd-sourcing, GPS navigation app where users can submit anonymously where they encountered high-traffic congestion, slower-than-usual traffic speed, collisions, stalled vehicles and closures.
The combination of the City’s traffic information and user submissions will provide more comprehensive and up-to-date information, such as road and lane closures, collisions, construction and detours. The app provides users with route options, latest road and traffic reports, and an option where motorists can get turn-by-turn vocal directions to their destination.
This partnership is another initiative under the City of Ottawa’s Smart City plan – using innovation, technology and leading practices to enhance the resident experience in acquiring information and services.
Residents can also get the latest traffic data, road and lane closures, detours and construction information on the City’s Interactive Traffic Map, and data is available on Open Ottawa, the City’s open data portal.
The City reminds Waze users that the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and Waze’s terms of services forbid sending any updates while driving. Also, all motorists should drive in accordance with all traffic laws and road and weather conditions.