US: Wyoming Department of Transportation (DoT) released a mobile-based application that allows drivers to view road and weather conditions for their current location. The app is free and available for both Android and iPhone users.
Users can view maps, camera images of roads and their current mile marker location with latitude and longitude coordinates. A hands-free, eyes-free setting allows the app to speak conditions so drivers will know what to expect on the road ahead.
“It’s a good way to get more timely information,” said WYDOT public affairs specialist Dave Kingham. The goal of the application is to get current road conditions to drivers in a convenient way, giving them more time to react to poor weather, road construction or a car crash.
WYDOT hopes to mitigate expenses with the new mobile app. The agency maintains a website with road conditions and also allows drivers to call 511 to receive updates. Drivers can also sign up to receive text or email notifications about road conditions.
Vince Garcia, a project manager for the GIS/ITS program, said those services cost about $600,000 a year. The app involved a one-time cost of about $240,000 to develop. Garcia said WYDOT will continue to maintain the other road condition services, but their use will likely decrease with the availability of the app.