Transportation Department teams up with Waze on new safety initiative

One pilot program will combine traffic crash data with Waze’s crowd-sourced data on road hazards and traffic conditions. The map app, which calls itself the world’s largest “community-based” GPS system, provides navigation and traffic updates by using real-time data from users.
The DOT will explore whether the crowd-sourced traffic data can be used as a “reliable, timely indicator” of traffic crashes and crash risk.
Under the other pilot project, the DOT will analyze anonymous data from GPS-enabled devices on the prevailing operating speeds of vehicles traveling all across the nation’s highway system. The DOT will examine how speed interacts with other roadway characteristics to influence the likelihood of crashes.