Providence partners with Waze on traffic data

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence is partnering with smartphone traffic-navigation service Waze to share traffic updates such as car crashes and construction work.

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the two-way data partnership Friday. He says there’s no financial cost to the deal.

Providence is the latest of dozens of governments around the world to agree to share public traffic data with the Google-owned mapping application that helps motorists find shortcuts.

Boston was one of the first partners in Waze’s Connected Citizens program. The state transportation agencies of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont have also partnered with Waze.

Elorza says sharing data will help the city address neighborhood traffic concerns with better real-time information about road conditions.

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