VDOT partners with Waze app to improve traveling in Virginia

Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 21:50:20-05

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation has partnered with the Waze app to make traveling in Virginia better.

Waze is a crowdsourced navigation app that allows users to publicly share information like accidents, backups and traffic stops.

The Waze Connected Citizens Program between the app and VDOT is aimed to create two-way data sharing where Waze will provide VDOT with real-time anonymous information directly from their sources, the drivers themselves.

VDOT will return the favor by providing Waze real-time information on construction, crashes, and road closures.

The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives about potential delays to commutes.

The program yields even more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to navigate around road closures and traffic jams within the app.

VDOT can also provide Wazers with advanced notice of planned events such as parades, races or construction that will affect their daily routes.