Drivers now have their own personal navigator to help steer them to their destination using the best available, least congested route.
A new mobile phone app called ACT Traffic provides audio alerts and other information about congestion on the road network in real time.
It relies on a series of Bluetooth enabled detectors located across the arterial road network to establish the travel time along sections of road, then compares this to historical data for the same time of day and day of the week to identify areas where congestion is worse or if traffic is flowing better than usual.
Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the new app would save motorists travel time by helping them navigate a faster route to their destination.
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“A similar system was introduced on the Adelaide road network in 2015 and has helped to make journey decisions easier,” she said.
When approaching an area with unusual congestion, an audio alert will be sent to your mobile phone advising the location of the delay and expected duration.
“By providing an audio alert, the app allows drivers to make informed decisions regarding route selection to potentially avoid the congested area. The use of an audio alert ensures that the application is not a distraction to drivers making it safe to run in the background while driving,” Ms Fitzharris said.
She said the system would help balance traffic loads across the road network by providing information in advance about hazards or delays ahead so an alternative route could be taken.
“Our new travel time information system, coupled with a modern public transport network that includes buses and light rail, will help tackle congestion, take cars off the road and make it easier to move around our beautiful city,” she said.
The app is available on Apple phones running iOS 8.0 or later and on Android phones running Android 4.3 or later. Visit the TCCS website at www.tccs.act.gov.au to download the app.