HARRISBURG, Pa. — Governor Wolf believes motorists will benefit from a partnership between PennDot and Waze, a real-time crowdsourced navigation app through which drivers share road conditions.
“As travelers rely more and more on their smartphones for real-time traffic data, this new partnership represents yet another way PennDOT is modernizing to keep up with the demands of its customers,” Governor Wolf said.
Waze will receive PennDOT’s road condition reporting data to share with its users, while the department will use data reported by people using Waze to supplement internal traffic-condition monitoring.
“PennDOT is always looking for ways to make it easier and safer to travel on our roadways,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “This partnership will advance our efforts in showing a government that works by improving our data while providing verified information through the app.”
A lot of Pennsylvanians are already using Waze. According to Waze, Philadelphia has more than 417,000 active users per month and Pittsburgh has more than 80,000 active users per month.
“Waze is only as strong as the information it receives from its users,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager at Waze. “With many Pennsylvanians already using Waze and partnerships with more than 25 U.S. municipalities including the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Waze already enables and empowers drivers. Our goal is to further connect Pennsylvania cities through this data exchange. The immense data PennDOT can contribute to Waze makes them an important partner moving forward.”