July 25, 2017

Grab uses local data to generate traffic solutions in Malaysia

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By Grab (Grab official website) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By using the OpenTraffic platform, governments will be able to better manage traffic flows in major cities. — RICKY LAI/The Star With over 780,000 drivers on the roads across South-East Asia, ride hailing company Grab pretty much knows the real-time traffic conditions of major cities in the region.

And soon, this data will be available to Malaysians who can use it for real-time traffic updates to plan their travel times and routes, as well as road conditions – for example the location of pot holes, flash floods and even road accidents – in major cities in the country.

Using the GPS data collected since the company’s inception in 2012, Grab – in partnership with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC) and World Bank Group – launched the OpenTraffic initiative which provides an open dataset for Malaysia’s traffic management agencies and city planners.

By using the information – provided at no cost via an open data license – the government will be able to better manage traffic flow and make investment decisions on local transport infrastructure.

“We want to contribute by sharing our data and working alongside local government agencies to make transport more accessible to the 620 million people in the region. […]

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