HA traffic data available via sat navs

09.26 | 13 July 2011 |

The Highways Agency has reached an agreement with TomTom to feed up to date traffic information from England’s motorways and major A roads into its sat nav services for road users.

The Highways Agency, which manages the 4,300-mile strategic road network, collects data on traffic flows from sophisticated monitoring equipment built into the road surface, backed up by CCTV and other sources. This data will be fed to TomTom for its High Definition Traffic Services.

Mike Penning, road safety minister, says: “Through our national traffic control centre, we source up to the minute traffic data from the motorways and other major roads we manage, and we want to get that information out to road users where and when they need it most.

“This agreement between the Highways Agency and TomTom is a good example of public and private sectors working together to assist road users and exploit today’s technology.

“We work with third party organisations to get our information to as wide an audience as possible. We have also shared our information with GoogleMaps and the BBC who provide our traffic camera images so road users can check on the internet before they leave. We look forward to working with other partners in the future.”

For more information contact Rosie Tickner, from TomTom, on 020 7529 8419.


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