Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation partners with Grab and World Bank for launch of OpenTraffic initiative | 2017-04-13 | OpenGovAsia
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"The OpenTraffic initiative was launched in Malaysia by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), ride hailing platform, Grab, and the World Bank Group on April 10. The initiative will provide traffic data from Grab’s GPS data streams to Malaysia’s traffic management agencies and city planners. It will enable them to better manage traffic flow, addressing traffic congestion and improving road safety and to make investment decisions on local transport infrastructure with access to an open dataset.
Anonymised data is being provided to the Malaysian government agencies via an open data license. Local government agencies can use the data to enhance existing traffic management systems such as optimising traffic light control and coordination. Easing city congestion during peak hour traffic would not only save time for commuters but also help reduce carbon emission.
The platform was first launched in Philippines in April 2016. It has helped to make a number of enhancements. Benefits realised included improvement in traffic signal times along the primary west-east arterial in Cebu City, without additional infrastructure investment and improvement in the the quality of travel time along Manila’s EDSA, the most congested corridor in the country."