Cities Applying Data from Waze to Fight Traffic

But the views from the TMC can be expanded with data from Waze, says Dhanikonda.

The app uses crowd-sourced information from users to monitor driver speeds and determine where traffic is backing up. The app uses the information to help navigate users around problems. Users can also report obstacles in the road, potholes and wrecks.

“If a driver sees an object on the road or a vehicle stopped on the shoulder, he can report that to Waze and other users behind him get a notification,” explained Dhanikonda.

Other cities are using similar agreements to inform its traffic management systems. In Frisco, Brian Moen, the city’s assistant director of engineering says Waze can help pinpoint the location of wrecks when 911 callers aren’t sure of the exact address or intersection.