NEW VICROADS SMART APPS FOR SMART DRIVERS

NEW VICROADS SMART APPS FOR SMART DRIVERS

Posted on 27. Oct, 2010 in News

Three new smartphone applications will provide Victorian motorists with real-time free parking and travel information, Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas announced today.

Mr Pallas visited the VicRoads traffic management centre with Member for Prahran Tony Lupton today to launch the unique new travel tools, which he said would make using Victoria’s roads easier for drivers.

“We understand people want to spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends, which is why the Brumby Labor Government is tackling congestion and building a better transport system,” Mr Pallas said.

“The new VicRoads Keeping Melbourne Moving digital applications include SmartPark, Travel Choice and LiveDrive, and provide important information for motorists on where they can park, where clearways are active and what the best travel routes are.

“Informed motorists are better equipped to make smarter driving decisions and these unique digital applications will help do just that.”

The new VicRoads digital applications are:

  • SmartPark – a set-and-forget iPhone tool that reminds the user of clearway times, when their parking meter is about to expire, and even where you parked your car;
  • Travel Choice – which maps all clearways within a 10 kilometre radius of the city, informing when clearways are active throughout the day, as well as providing local parking and public transport routes, helping to plan trips accordingly. Walking and cycling paths will be added early next year; and
  • LiveDrive – a smartphone and desktop application that visually represents live traffic conditions so that road users make more informed travel choices.

 

Mr Pallas said the three new applications joined VicTraffic, the iPhone app launched in September, which provides real-time information about travel times and any incidents and alerts that may affect motorists.

“By developing new ways to deliver information to the public, VicRoads is keeping drivers up to date with modern technology to make it easier to plan trips and get around town,” he said.

 

Mr Lupton said the applications were free and easy to use and that VicRoads would seek feedback from users to build and improve on the information provided.

“This groundbreaking project is just one part of the Brumby Labor Government’s broader aims to help drivers spend less time in traffic,” Mr Lupton said.

“We have committed $112.7 million to the Keeping Melbourne Moving program to tackle road congestion in metropolitan Melbourne.”

The applications can be found at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au and at the Apple iStore.

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