Waze Connected Citizens Program: Improving Mobility Through Big-Data Partnerships [Full version]

Waze Connected Citizens Program: Improving Mobility Through Big-Data Partnerships [Full version]

CCP is the next natural evolution of Waze right?
So waze itself you have all of these users that are coming together in this driver community
and sharing information to make things better for each other. The Waze model works because
it’s this unique mix of really smart technology and really smart people. And so when you overlay
the human layer and you’re thinking about mobile technology on a daily basis, we have
insights that pick up where the algorithm leaves off. When you can elevate that to the
city level, we’re talking about saving time for millions of people. Our drivers are out
on the streets every hour of every day, reporting the most accurate information on closures
and congestion. We are taking that information and delivering it to the government officials
who can address those incidents in real time. The government is in a unique position where
we often look for resources we don’t have and need to partner with organizations
and companies such as Waze to fill out the skill set, to identify new sources of data
and help us do things that we wouldn’t be able to do without these partnerships. Providing
data to Waze allows for us to be able to speak directly to drivers about things like construction, about
farmers’ markets and being able to route people around those things makes the user experience
of actually driving across the city that much better. Boston is a city of around 600,000 residents but during a typical work day we grow to over
one million people in the metro area. Waze has allowed us to rapidly iterate through experiments
to see what sort of effects interventions have on congestion and traffic. The Casey Overpass
was a relic of 1950s traffic engineering. We were tasked with looking at the Waze data
and figuring out what sort of effect this massive construction is having on congestion
in the area so that we can proactively think about where we can target resources and how
to best deal with construction projects like this going forward. When we started this
it was about getting the initial experiments off the ground. We didn’t expect that so quickly
we would have cities changing garbage collection routes. That we would have them re-distributing
traffic personal. That we would have 9-1-1 systems relying on this data. Now we can measure
it and I’m just looking forward to tremendous impact on security, on congestion, on time
saved, on better mobility in the cities. I’m Bob Taylor the manager of traffic operations
at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. We use Waze to supplement our state police reports,
our motors reports. To learn about accidents. That allows us to respond dispatch emergency
services. Fire, EMS, towing and clear the road which improves mobility for our customers.
My name is Phil Burks. I am president and CEO of the Genesis Group. Genesis is a software
company that provides solutions to help first responders know what’s happening on their
two-way radio communication systems. By putting Waze inside our Genesis Pulse product our
first responders are saving 5 minutes and that saves lives. Waze’s crowdsourced platform
is particularly powerful in times of emergency. For Hurricane Joaquin in South Carolina we
coordinated efforts between FEMA, South Carolina’s DOT and the Colombia Fire Department to aggregate
over 1000 road closures on our platform. We had a major snow last March. Seeing the data
come in from Waze every two minutes allows us to grab user reports and then we can respond
to those reports in a timely manner and that makes the roads safer. What I think is interesting
about getting all of these partners together is the fact that they can share commonalities
and also learn things from each other’s experiences that can be applicable to a completely different
problem. My favorite part of the summit is the discussion happening between the organizations.
So Boston will have already pulled something off and one of the newer partners will want
to learn from them. And that interchange between them becoming their own community is very
exciting. We’re providing a tremendous amount of new data and giving them new opportunities
to analyze that and see what the future of the data driven city really is. Jakarta is
a very big city with a very high population. There are 20 million people who are mobile
in Jakarta. We are currently taking the experiences from other cities and learning how to make
mobility better for Waze users in Jakarta. The Olympic games are always a challenge for
any country. Rio De Janeiro needs to think very carefully about mobility in this moment.
Waze is one of the main tools we have to better act on traffic. It is one thing for a company to say that they’re trying to change the world but in
our case we’re actually sitting down with partners and having measurable results every
day. It’s showing us what our new goals are going to be. New forms of safety and new forms
of urban mobility. Helping cities become a lab for making lives better.


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    Matěj Foltýn

    I love waze so much. I cannot wait till the day it becomes popular enough in Europe as well as it right now in the US.

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    Gary Smith

    We use it at work for best routes to avoid congestion in London it always keeps me moving I've been down so many back roads avoiding congestion I've seen parts of London is never would've seen!

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    You need to make some way to report hazards hands free, because in Germany it's illegal to use anything besides the things necessary for driving while your engine is on (even in a traffic jam or a stop light).

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    "Very smart technology with very smart people." That is comical! Yeah how smart is it to ask drivers to make an impossible left turn (the famous "Waze Left") on busy LA City traffic. Pretty stupid if you ask me. My grandma could give better directions that this piece of crap app and my grandma is dead. Now with ads being flashed to drives, it is only going to get worst. Just what we needed, another distraction for driver to deal with. The same drivers that are at a traffic light and get so distracted that they don't realize that the light changed to green and sit there like morons wasting people's time. I can't believe that city officials partnered with this lousy company. I wonder how much they got paid for their seal of approval.

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