November 3, 2016
MMDA TO JOIN WAZE CONNECTED CITIZENS PROGRAM
Two-way Data Share Hopes To Ease Congestion and Better Inform-Traffic Management and Planning
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (http://www.waze.com), the free, the real-time crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of Metro Manila along with more than 100 other partners around the world. There are 1 million commuters using Waze in Metro Manila. This is the first Connected Citizens partnership in the Philippines.
The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives metropolitan leaders an unprecedented look at real-time activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves. In exchange, MMDA provides real-time government-reported construction, crashes, road closure, and flood incidents to Waze to return one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions today.
“This is a win-win partnership. MMDA’s data will contribute to better routes and Waze data will give MMDA wider incident coverage and public outreach, which we can study to improve our traffic management today and in the long term,” said Assistant General Manager for Operations, Julia Nebrija. “Last year, the Waze Driver Satisfaction Index found Metro Manila to have the worst traffic in the world; this is one step towards making sure we are never at the top of that list again.”
The Waze map evolves with every driver and point it receives, promoting safer roads and share more knowledge with Wazers about potential delays to their commutes. The Connected Citizens program yields even more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams with the app. MMDA can also provide Wazers with advanced notice of major traffic events such as mall sales, seasonal processions, and extreme weather that will affect their daily routes.
“Waze welcomes Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, our first partner in the Philippines, to the Connected Citizens Program,” said Paige Fitzgerald, head of New Business Development-Data Acquisition for Waze. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and MMDA will be able to use these anonymous insightsto further promote safer roads. This exchange empowers Waze users. MMDA and its broader community to work together to improve mobility within the Philippines.”