Google Waze shares crowdsourced user data with local governments around the world in order to improve traffic management. In its Connected Citizens program, Waze provides real-time anonymized crowdsourced traffic data to government departments in exchange for information on public projects like construction, road sensors, and pre-planned road closures. The large amount of traffic data that Waze collects from participating drivers allows for greater precision and accuracy when documenting real-time incidents. Participating government agencies use this data to better inform policy or quickly deploy traffic assistance if needed, as a direct result of commuter needs as revealed through Waze.
The Waze Connected Citizens Program is conceived as a two-way data exchange program that provides data freely to particpating municipal leaders. Launched in October 2014 with 10 city partners, the program has expanded to more than 63 partners including city, state and country government agencies, nonprofits and first responders.
Google Waze shares crowdsourced user data with local governments around the world in order to improve traffic management. For example, Waze’s partnership with the city of Rio de Janeiro allowed government agencies to analyze congestion during the election campaign, and better design infrastructure to reduce congestion. Waze users also assisted victims of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico by uploading the location and details of various shelters in affected areas, and the Mexican government encouraged the public to use Waze to seek safety.