App will feature first-ever hit-and-run notifications and AMBER Alerts to aid public safety
Mayor Garcetti today announced the details of a data-sharing agreement between the City of Los Angeles and Waze, an agreement he previewed in his State of the City Address last week. The Waze app is used by more than 1.3 million drivers in L.A. to avoid traffic, find alternative routes, and report issues to other drivers. Under the new agreement, the City of L.A. will provide data to Waze from across city departments-- including information about road closures, construction, and safety hazards -- so drivers can avoid blocked streets and congestion.
The Mayor also announced Los Angeles will become the first city to provide hit-and-run incident notifications to Waze users driving near the incident in case they have useful information to share with law enforcement. The Los Angeles Police Department will also use the app to put out AMBER alerts.
"This partnership with Waze matches city data with the latest smart phone technology to get people where they want to go faster," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "This is exactly what our open data initiative is all about -- going beyond information sharing to provide opportunities for our data to transform into tools to make people's lives safer and easier in very tangible ways."
"We're thrilled to expand our relationship with Los Angeles, our largest metro in the U.S.," said Di-Ann Eisnor, Head of Growth at Waze. "We're working with the city and the Mayor's office to better understand what's happening on the roads and where as part of our global Connected Citizens initiative. We hope this leads to more efficient traffic monitoring and management, reduced congestion, and safer roads for Southern California's citizens."
Waze is providing the City of L.A. with aggregated, publicly available data from the app, including user-generated reports, incident data, and aggregate traffic data, in a form that ensures no personally identifiable information is shared. This new data stream can be analyzed and eventually used to evaluate the City's traffic management for events and road closures, assess the deployment of traffic officers, and further refine traffic strategies for the most congested areas. And the City is already working on how to integrate this massive collection of user-generated and verified requests into the 311 request system, so the City can respond to incidents in real time.
"Data sharing between Waze and the City will not only make Waze maps better - it will make the City work better for everyone who lives in, works in, and vacations in Los Angeles," said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who Chairs the Council's Transportation Committee. "This is smart, tech-savvy government at work, and I applaud Mayor Garcetti and the entire city family for continuing to use technology to make city government more efficient and effective."
"Commuting from the West Valley to City Hall, I feel the pain of many Angelenos stuck in traffic. By sharing City data with Waze, we are leveraging underutilized resources to address one of our most pervasive daily challenges," said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who chairs the Council's Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee. "I want to thank the Mayor for acting on this common sense approach, and continuing to push us toward our shared goal of a connected Los Angeles."
About the Waze Connected Citizens program
The Waze Connected Citizens program supports more than 30 municipal and law enforcement partners around the world, helping cities answer the question “what’s happening on our roads, and where?” The real-time, two-way data program is free for government participation and aims to deliver short-term understanding and long-term, actionable measures for change. Connected Citizens has already assisted partners to identify and respond to pothole damage, modify garbage collection, identify the most dangerous traffic intersections and more.