Waze to Provide Traffic Data to U.S. Cities

Alphabet Inc.’s Waze unit will begin offering its crowd-sourced traffic data for free to U.S. cities this year as part of the company’s Connected Citizens initiative.

The information will be provided to cities through mapping specialist Esri’s ArcGIS platform. Waze allows users to share and verify real-time information about accidents, traffic congestion and the presence of police and other emergency vehicles.

Such information will allow traffic engineers, city planners and other personnel to quickly identify and resolve problem issues. This could include adjusting traffic lights, replacing street signs and adding more police officers in areas with high accident rates.