TomTom announced this week at the Intertraffic trade show in Amsterdam, a new traffic portal called TomTom City that provides live traffic and travel information for consumers and traffic management experts.
Ralf-Peter SchÃ¤fer, Head of Traffic at TomTom, commented the news: “TomTom City gives drivers and traffic managers essential insights into the real-time traffic situation and the historical bottlenecks in key cities. This is an important step in our mission to help reduce delays for all drivers.
Using data from over 450 million devices globally (i.e. Portable Navigation Devices, connected smartphone applications, in-dash navigation and fleet management systems) we are creating services that will help cities and connected cars work together to optimise the road network.”
Key Features in TomTom City are real-time traffic status, delay hotspots and a reporting tool for road authorities.
The status indicators show the current average speed observed in the city compared to average speed when there is no congestion; a congestion barometer showing relative congestion compared to a free-flowing period; and a snapshot that shows the number of road closures, construction areas and accidents currently in the city. In addition, TomTom City also shows the traffic incidents on a map, and the traffic flow (speed) on a map. The Traffic information is updated every minute.
TomTom City shows the top congestion bottlenecks recorded in the recent quarterly period. The information is presented as a summary for ‘All Day’ and separately for morning and afternoon peak periods to reflect the periodical traffic conditions in cities. Summary information is presented on a map view and each hotspot can be selected individually to see road segment delay details.
Reporting Tool for Cities
Road Event Reporter is a new web-based tool that helps road authorities to inform TomTom Traffic users about events that are affecting the road network and its traffic flows. With a few clicks a road authority can report road closures, road works, accidents and other disruptions that are affecting traffic in their local area, now, as well as those planned in the future.