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New app upgrades traffic info system

ATLANTA -- Georgia transportation leaders have upgraded the state's traveler information system.

NaviGAtor 511 has partnered with Waze, a crowd-sourced social GPS and real-time traffic application for iOS and Android phones. According to a press release, Waze will provide enhanced traffic data to Georgia travelers within its existing mobile app.

The free application, available at the App Store, the Goodle: Play Market or by visiting http://m.waze.com, collects traffic data from its 29 million users worldwide to augment real-time traffic conditions. The citizen-based traffic, hazard and incident data will be verified by the Georgia DOT then populated to the NaviGAtor website and phone system.

The application includes hands-free features such as voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation around traffic tie-ups, voice-activated user reporting, voice commands to favorite places like home or office and verbal notification of conditions.

"Commuters know that they can help each other reduce the stress and inconvenience of traffic simply by turning on our app," said Chris Butler, director of business development for Waze. "Moving forward, we're excited to be working with Georgia DOT and Iteris on the NaviGAtor 511 system to offer these expanded benefits and increased exposure to the Georgia Wazers."

The upgrade was provided under the state's contract with Iteris, which has maintained the Georgia NaviGAtor 511 system since 2006.

The mobility information is available at www.511ga.org or by dialing 511. The system also gives access to HERO motorist assistance.

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kevin 1 year, 4 months ago

we have continually spent so much tax money on "upgrades" and the county employees still can't figure out how to manage the traffic lights so they are all in sync for us. So many places where you can only go one light at a time because they all keep turning red before you can make the second light. Doesn't their supervisor check on the system to see if the lights are all in sync? Certain days of the week, they are fine. Other days. you have to try to avoid certain streets.

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