Virbisol, an IT consulting company, has launched Traffic Genie, an app on Android and iOS platform that updates real time traffic information in Bangalore (hat-tip – @gkjohn).
For the same, Virbisol has partnered with the Bangalore traffic police. The free app is available for download on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes store.
Features: Currently, the app delivers instant traffic information and traffic situation at different parts of the city, right from the traffic police control room. The app also lets users search and decide on alternate routes from the map based on the traffic situation. It uses Google Maps.
Apart from that, it follows a crowd-sourcing approach where it lets users report a traffic situation to the reporters at the Traffic Control Room who in turn validate and share it with everyone in the city. Users can report accidents, breakdowns, road works, water logging, public on road and any other kind of reports through the app. The app also allows users to upload the photo of the situation.
More accurate: While the crowd-sourced approach to collecting traffic information is interesting, we’re not sure how the traffic police verifies this data, gives a go ahead before it reaches users, and the time involved in the entire process. Most traffic reporting solutions rely on anonymous data generated by other users (who eable location sharing) of the app. However, since the traffic police is also involved here, the data generated might be more accurate as the police would keep track of incidents and filter false reports.
Other similar apps: Nokia owned maps and location service company, had also launched its real-time traffic information service, NAVTEQ Traffic Pro in the Indian cities of Delhi and Mumbai, earlier this year, and Nokia had extended it to its smartphones.
Google had also launched its voice navigation and live traffic information in six Indian cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Google offers live traffic information on its search engine Google.com along with Google Maps apps.
MapmyIndia also offers a real time traffic update service online for Mumbai and Delhi. However, it is only available online and has not been integrated with maps , yet. Besides these, Airtel had launched its own location app for smartphones, offering voice based turn by turn navigation, and real time traffic information. but it uses NAVTEQ maps.
Anupam Saxena also contributed to this post