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Waze Partners with Startup Waycare to Share AI-Based Traffic Data with Cities

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【Summary】Waze, the popular crowdsourced traffic and navigation app with the world’s largest community of drivers, announced a data-sharing partnership with startup Waycare, an AI mobility solution for smart cities. The Waycare and Waze partnership is designed as a two-way data share of municipal and road traffic data.

Jacky Ho    Apr 27, 2018 5:17 PM PT
Waze Partners with Startup Waycare to Share AI-Based Traffic Data with Cities

Waze, the popular crowdsourced traffic and navigation app with the world's largest community of drivers, announced a data-sharing partnership with startup Waycare, an AI mobility solution for smart cities. The Waycare and Waze partnership is designed as a two-way data share of municipal and road traffic data, Waycare traffic insights, and aggregated road traffic data from Waze.

The partnership will enable cities to communicate back with drivers and warn of dangerous roads, hazards, and incidents ahead. In addition, the anonymized crowdsourced traffic data from Waze provides an important additional in-vehicle data input to municipal traffic management via Waycare's traffic management platform.

The Waze navigation smartphone app works by consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time traffic and driving data from millions of users. Waze is one of the most comprehensive navigation platforms in the U.S.

Waycare's platform enables municipalities to capitalize on the enormous amount of data coming from various transportation modes, including connected and autonomous vehicles, to improve traffic safety and proactively manage the city's streets and traffic flow.

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The Waze in-car interface

The system analyzes and synthesizes the data with proprietary deep learning technologies for predictive insights and proactive traffic management optimization. This layer of AI provides the city with the tools to conduct data-driven traffic management decisions, such as the timing of smart traffic signals.

"Today's announcement showcases how driver communities can benefit from interacting with municipal traffic organizations, who hold vital traffic information," explains Noam Maital, CEO of Waycare. "Our partnership with Waze will further enable municipalities using Waycare's traffic management platform to unlock critical operational insights to improve traffic flow and traffic safety."

Waycare's cloud-based solution is intended for various municipal agencies such as traffic management, engineering, law enforcement and emergency services enabling seamless cross-agency communication, efficient incident mitigation, and resource allocation.

"Cities everywhere are undergoing a massive transportation revolution, and Waze is thrilled to be at the forefront of this movement with our Connected Citizens Program," said Adam Fried, Waze Global Partnerships Manager. "We're excited to partner with Waycare to empower even more municipalities with powerful data insights that will help them make informed planning decisions and improve existing city infrastructure."

Waze Connected Citizens Program (CCP) has grown rapidly over the course of a few years and now includes 600 partners globally. The program helps cities unlock anonymized crowdsourced driver data, enabling municipalities improve traffic safety and traffic flow.

Waycare launched its first project in Southern Nevada in October 2017 and has since launched projects in Florida, Delaware and California.

As Waycare and Waze's collaboration continues to grow, cities will benefit from improved access to in-vehicle data and be able to transmit information back to drivers in real time to better inform them and improve traffic flow and safety.

Waycare's cloud-based platform enables cities to take full control of their roads by harnessing in-vehicle information and municipal traffic data for predictive insights and traffic management optimization. The company has offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Silicon Valley, and is backed by leading venture capital funds in the U.S., Europe and Israel.

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