TDOT, Waze partner to share data and help drivers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Waze announced a data sharing partnership Wednesday.

The data sharing will help provide the public with more real-time information through the free navigation app and on the TDOT SmartWay website.

“TDOT is always looking for ways we can provide motorists with information that can make their commutes safer and faster,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “By partnering with Waze, we’re doing just that. We’ve taken our SmartWay website that provides information for motorists on highway incidents, construction activities and traffic information and elevated it’s accuracy by allowing Waze users to report issues and concerns they see each day during their commutes. It’s a perfect partnership.”

Waze traffic information is accessible at the SmartWay website, by going to the feature menu and clicking on the Waze icon. TDOT Smartway insights are also now available within the Waze app on IOS and Android.

“Waze gets a lot of its date from the public, people that have recently driven by a scene, and so it can give you up to the minute information,” Spokeswoman Kathryn Schulte said. “We’re really excited to be partnering with them and to be able to share data with them so we can get as much as that information out to the public.”

TDOT is also unveiling other upgrades to the SmartWay web application.

Traffic incidents now appear by default, with red badges indicating any lane blockages or full closures.

Several weather icons have also been added to describe snow, hazardous weather, flooding or ponding, and storm damage.

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