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Florida DOT partners with traffic app

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From road hazards to construction and accident delays, it's going to be easier than ever to know what's up down the road in Florida. Soon, all of the state Department of Transportation’s real-time traffic data will be accessible on Waze, a free smartphone app owned by Google.

"This is really going to get information out to people quickly, so they can make better decisions," explained FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson.

The app collects data from drivers, then warns other users about upcoming hazards or delays. It can also calculate the fastest option to a destination, depending on those real-time updates.

Under a new partnership with the state, Waze will get even smarter in a few weeks.

"We're going to share our information, our camera images, all of our information that comes from the sensors on the roadway," explained Carson. "And Waze is going to share its data with us."

Sal Giardina, of Dover, says he’s relied on Waze while on the road for a few months now.

"I can hear it and it tells me that there's an obstruction on the side of the road or police on the side of the road or there's an accident coming up," he said.

He’s looking forward to the new partnership.

"That's going to be phenomenal because people are going to be ahead of the curve," said Giardina. "Linking all that stuff together is going to be great for drivers."

Carson wants to remind all drivers to only use the app’s voice functions while behind the wheel.

"We always say know before you go. So we want people to check their phones or check their computers before they leave or if they're stopped at a red light and it's a safe moment," she said.

Click here to download Waze for free.


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