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Boston partners with Waze to clear up clogged streets

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
February 21, 2015
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Whether or not Boston's twisted streets really are the product of meandering cows, the city famously struggles with traffic these days. To help things out, the city announced a data sharing plan with Waze, where it will share information on expected road closures (like say, a championship parade) with the traffic app. On its end, Waze will pump data on its 400,000 or so drivers in the area back to the city's Traffic Management center, which engineers there can use to adjust signals at intersections to improve traffic flow. Waze announced Boston as one of ten cities participating in its Connected Citizens program last year, and helping untangle traffic jams could go a long way towards helping the Google-owned service be more appreciated by local officials.

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