CEEM Professor Yi-Chang Chiu recently partnered with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to unveil "Metropia", an app that rewards drivers for driving in less-congested roads.
The "Metropia" APP is unveiled in Austin - to ease congestion
Article from KLBJ website, and may be found here.
The Metropia Ecosystem is specifically designed to involve and connect all stakeholders region-wide, with benefits for everyone involved in the program.
Commuters use Metropia Mobile to help make informed decisions that alleviate traffic congestion, but it’s the transportation agencies, partner businesses and local employers that are truly essential to jump starting and maintaining the Metropia Ecosystem.
Click on the section that interests you most to find out how Metropia connects businesses, transportation agencies, commuters and employers to improve city mobility, quality of life and city health. www.metropia.com
New app rewards drivers for avoiding congestion
Article is from the KXAN website.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Central Texas Regional Mobility is sponsoring Metropia, an app that will help you find better ways around the delays.
The app will offer emergency alerts, drive times, and even alternate routes to get to your destination. Drivers can then use that information to know which route is the fastest. Because the app is still in beta testing, it will be 24 hours before the it’s completely downloaded on your phone. Metropia spokesperson, Mia Zmud, explains how the app rewards you for now traveling during peak traffic times.
“Through a system of rewards, to not be part of traffic. We do this using -our icing on the cake- a predictive algorithm, so we actually look ahead using real time traffic in our predictive technology. So, we know what’s traffic going to look like and we help you plan your trip accordingly,” Zmund said..
Metropia is currently being test in L.A., the beta test here in Austin will last about two months. You can sign up to be a beta tester here.
The KXAN app provides an interactive traffic map that shows traffic flow, trouble spots and drive times. You can download it here.