Transportation departments across America select HERE to provide real time traffic data
HERE, a provider of mapping, navigation and location experiences, has recently been selected by the Georgia, Alabama and Missouri state departments of transportation (DOT) as the provider of probe-based traffic services to enhance driver safety and improve traffic flow management and planning strategies.
HERE is providing the Georgia, Alabama and Missouri DOTs with real time traffic data for the states’ roadways. This data enables the DOTs to communicate up to the minute information to drivers about current traffic conditions and travel times.
The agencies also utilise HERE data for traffic operations, situational awareness, and performance management, including bottleneck identification, trend spotting, construction planning, ‘before and after’ traffic studies and more.
Georgia DOT (GDOT) is now the seventh state along the eastern seaboard to utilise HERE Traffic Services. HERE was selected by GDOT through an agreement with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, which supports transportation agencies from Maine to Florida. The I-95 Corridor Coalition’s most recent quality tests showed HERE has outstanding overall performance for detecting congested road conditions.
Said Monali Shah, director of global intelligent transportation solutions at HERE: “Managing the flow of traffic on the US road network is no easy task, and HERE is glad to support transportation agencies with the data that enables safer and more efficient vehicle movements across road networks. As we move to connected and automated driving, dependable and accurate real time data will only increase in value for government agencies and drivers alike.”
For more than 15 years, HERE has worked with national, state and local government agencies to better inform drivers of changing conditions, create safer road conditions, and ensure people and goods move smoothly through road networks.
Since 2009, HERE has provided the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) with real time and archived traffic data. MDOT has successfully used the HERE dataset to reduce overall system congestion through the execution of data-driven approaches to resource allocation, providing reliable and up-to-date traveller information to the public, and strategically prioritizing construction projects.
Said MDOT director Kirk Steudle: “Safety is the top priority at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as we focus our efforts on improving traffic flow. This data enables a safer road network and helps the environment because reducing congestion also reduces emissions.”
HERE has also partnered with MDOT, the University of Michigan, and many other industry stakeholders to test connected and automated driving technologies at the Mcity facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HERE is creating the precision HD Map of Mcity, which is a component to making highly automated driving a reality.