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New ‘City’ platform provides live traffic information for authorities and drivers

As the number of ‘connected’ vehicles on the road increases over the coming years with the emergence of semi- and highly-automated driving, and the major metropolitan regions look to achieve ‘Smart City’ status, a new service has been launched that aims to offer new ways for both drivers and traffic management professionals to manage city mobility.

TomTom City, from Netherlands-based traffic information and navigation company TomTom, is a new traffic portal that provides live traffic and travel information for consumers and traffic management experts. This new service showcases the extensive range of traffic information available on a city-by-city basis and will provide a platform to connect traffic authorities, businesses and citizens to jointly manage sustainable and efficient mobility. Accessible from any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone, TomTom City provides freely accessible content showing live traffic status, incidents, and other driver-based information in cities, which will enable consumers to check their journey routes before departure and plan accordingly. By being made accessible to a city’s traffic management authorities, on-road issues can now be dealt with even more quickly.

The TomTom City portal builds on the company’s Traffic information service that is available through TomTom navigation devices and licensing partners in automotive, consumer and government. It also extends the historical congestion information provided through reports such as the company’s Traffic Index. The initial launch of 25 cities in 18 countries will expand to include more cities and products throughout the year. The system aims to give a quick view of the current traffic condition in the city. Status indicators show the current average speed observed in the city compared to average speed when there is no congestion; a congestion barometer showing relative congestion compared to a free-flowing period; and a snapshot that shows the number of road closures, construction areas and accidents currently in the city. The portal also shows the traffic incidents on a map, and the traffic flow (speed) on a map. All real-time traffic information on TomTom City is updated every minute.

The City platform shows the top congestion bottlenecks recorded in the recent quarterly period. The information is presented as a summary for ‘All Day’ and separately for morning and afternoon peak periods to reflect the periodical traffic conditions in cities. Summary information is presented on a map view and each hotspot can be selected individually to see road segment delay details. The system also features a ‘Road Event Reporter’, a new web-based tool that will help road authorities and other professional operators to inform millions of road users in minutes about events that are affecting the road network and its traffic flows via the TomTom Traffic service. With a few clicks a road authority can report road closures, road works, accidents and other disruptions that are currently affecting traffic in their local area, as well as those planned in the future.

“Our new City service gives drivers and traffic managers essential insights into the real-time traffic situation and the historical bottlenecks in key cities,” explained Ralf-Peter Schäfer, head of traffic at TomTom. “This is an important step in our mission to help reduce delays for all drivers. Using data from over 450 million devices globally, we are creating services that will help cities and connected cars work together to optimize the road network.” 

April 6, 2016

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