FORT WORTH (CBSDFW) – Fort Worth is the first city in Texas to partner with Waze. The city will join in the constant flow of information coming from drivers out on the highway to continuously monitor and redirect traffic around backups.
“Waze is a community — it’s a community of people reporting all kinds of things that affect traffic in our community,” said Fort Worth Chief Technology Officer Kevin Gunn.
Waze is an app constantly receiving updated traffic information. Drivers report everything from traffic back ups to potholes. The app can then warn other drivers of hazards or delays. Fort Worth realized they could help out with people’s commute.
“Through the course of our operations, we often respond with Public Safety folks to those kinds of accidents,” Gunn said. “So we recognize that that’s an important factor in peoples commutes.”
Fort Worth is the first in Texas to partner with Waze, Gunn said, and among 100 cities worldwide to pioneer the partnership.
The city’s dispatchers let Waze users know when their crews spot or are called out to wrecks. And drivers get the city’s alerts in real-time.
“We refresh it every five minutes,” said Gunn. “So it’s very up-to-date information.”
As Fort Worth expands its participation in Waze it will also learn to take feedback from Waze users to fix road problems as they happen.
“Eventually we’ll have the capability that when people are reporting information on Waze, that’ll come in and we’ll route that to the appropriate people to respond,” Gunn said. “If it’s a pothole for instance it will go to our street maintenance crews. If it’s some kind of road debris it’ll go to the appropriate crew to go and clear that debris out of the road.”
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