The City of Montreal has signed a partnership with Waze, a crowdsourced navigation app powered by a community of drivers, as part of a two-year pilot project.
The agreement calls for two-way data sharing of publicly available traffic information within Ville-Marie borough using Waze.
Aref Salem, member of the city’s executive committee in charge of transportation, Harout Chitilian, vice-chair of the city’s executive committee and member in charge of smart city initiatives, and Lionel Perez, in charge of infrastructures, jointly made the announcement.
“By obtaining real-time data, the city wants to improve its reactivity to traffic jams, accidents or other incidents on the road and minimize the impact on drivers. Montréal is the first city in Canada to use Waze data, and if the project is conclusive, we plan to extend its deployment across the city,” said Salem.
“We are excited to welcome Montréal as our first partner in Canada,” said Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager at Waze. “Montréal is a growing community for Waze and the immense data Montréal can contribute to the Waze app makes them a valued partner moving forward.”
As part of this data exchange agreement, the city will make its planned traffic obstruction data available. Waze, owned by Google, will provide Montréal with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves. Financial compensation is not part of the agreement.
Waze has more than 103,000 monthly active users in Montréal who drive more than 19 million kilometres each month with the app.