MMDA teams up with TV5 to create real-time online traffic navigator

 

MMDA traffic navigator

If you find the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) traffic updates on Twitter a tad too slow, you'll be pleased to know that the agency has teamed up with TV5's Interaksyon.com to come up with the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator.

Found at mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com, the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator displays real-time traffic conditions on six of the metro's major roads:  EDSA, Quezon Avenue, España, C5, Roxas Boulevard and the South Luzon Expressway. Using a color-coding scheme, motorists are alerted how the traffic flow. A red marker, for example, indicates heavy traffic. Yellow means traffic is moderate while a green means traffic is light.

The traffic updates can also be viewed in three different ways. Through the system view, you get a glimpse of the traffic situation on all six roads at the same time though there's an option for you to view just the northbound or southbound areas. The line view, meanwhile, lets you look at both the northbound and southbound lanes per road at a single time. As for the Google Map view, the color coded markers are placed on one of the six roads based on your selection using the Google Map application.

The site is still in beta mode so the updates come in only from 6am to 10pm. It's still worthy of being bookmarked on your browser, though, especially once it becomes active on a 24/7 basis.

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  • JoHunter Jun 29 2011 @ 08:19pm
    Since according to the MMDA, if you so much as pick your nose while driving, that already constitutes reckless driving. So getting real-time update while on the road is ruled out. Checking the site before hitting the road (e.g. at home or work) is no use either since situations would have changed by the time you got out. In other words, this whole exercise promises to be pointless.
  • Feeter Silverster Jun 29 2011 @ 11:27pm
    This is just like the modern gadgets of PAGASA they used to tell the current (real-time) weather state of an area, but still can't predict the future track of the typhoon!, it just replaces the human factor of news reporting, just a waste of money, what's the point?
  • dheezhee Jun 30 2011 @ 11:55am
    Ako, I like it. It's a step in the right direction because by posting the dynamic information on the web would give better chances for other companies to begin integrating traffic updates on our GPSs.
  • japster_13 Jun 30 2011 @ 12:26pm
    agree with dheezhee.. this is to be used with your smartphones and GPS devices.. not checking it before going out of your house.. unless you live near the road you are checking out..
  • donzdc86 Jun 30 2011 @ 12:30pm
    it's at least a good move for me too. and i'm a bit impressed on how the site looks like and at least how friendly it is. i never expected government websites to look like that. i think it can help the motorists depending on how each would see this, kudos to mmda for doing this, at least. :)
  • RS500 Jun 30 2011 @ 04:57pm
    It is not a waste of money. Think outside the box and you'll realize that it is useful. I 'll give you an example. In the website of PAGASA, there they have a satellite image of our skies - monitoring any typhoon and weather activities. Very useful, why? Simple; If I wanted to know the location of the typhoon, I wouldn't sit down in-front of my TV and wait till the news comes on, instead, I will go to their website and check the exact location. In the same way as this traffic monitoring system they've done. In the morning before leaving for work, you can simple check out this website rather than waiting for Love Anover to pop up in your television and then show you a blurry camera feed of cars parked along EDSA. You all get the point? It is for our convenience. Now, don't come along and say "It is useless because you can't use a mobile phone to surf the website while driving". If you have someone with you, let the person do the research while you are busy on the wheel.
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  • JoHunter Jun 30 2011 @ 05:51pm
    @RS500 - I also use that feature in the PAGASA site to monitor weather patterns and stay one step ahead of news agencies. But in this case, it's good if you have a passenger/carpool partner. Besides, this won't last - MMDA's current leadership is too dumb to create long-term plans to maintain such as system.
  • RS500 Jun 30 2011 @ 05:59pm
    Don't be a pessimist in this. Try to think that this would be successful rather than whining about their dumb leadership.
  • JoHunter Jun 30 2011 @ 06:08pm
    Sorry. I can understand your sentiment, but I've seen too many red flags in how the MMDA bureaucrats operate without knowing what the hell they're doing. My confidence on people don't disappear for no reason.
  • authorizedriver Jun 30 2011 @ 08:53pm
    I agree with RS500. The online traffic navigator is a helpful innovation. I like the current MMDA compared to the previous administration's. They are continuously innovating on how to provide services.
  • kikosg Jul 09 2011 @ 08:51am
    good move and had seen how this system works overseas, it can be complemented by similar traffic advisory bulletin (LED or similar to those found at NLEX) along the roads before approaching a junction. Motorists who have no access to such website can make a quick decision for an alternative route.
  • kikosg Jul 09 2011 @ 08:58am
    I just wish they'll come up with a website to view live cam traffic situation. It would be nice to view the city while away from the country (sorry, not intended for motorist but for nostalgic kababayan away from home especially during festive season and even during disaster months)
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