The Metro Manila Traffic Navigator, the Philippine’s first digitized traffic information system was officially launched last Monday, August 1st. Since I’m not in the Philippines, I wasn’t able to attend the media event but someone from the TV5 Corporate PR sent me a few press materials which I’m sharing with you today.
A joint project of the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) and News5, the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator is an online system that provides users live and up-to-date traffic status of different routes in the Metro Manila area. Having lived and commuted in Metro Manila for many years, I know how frustrating and time consuming it can be. With this information, motorists and commuters will be able to save time and avoid the hassle by avoiding these traffic jams.
Metro Manila Traffic Navigator Launch Video
Google Maps View
The Metro Manila Traffic Navigator system is user-friendly so it’s easy to use and understand. It offers different viewing options and filters, enabling the user to find specific traffic routes and its status. For now, the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator only provides traffic status for these major roads – EDSA, C5, Quezon Avenue, Espana, Roxas Boulevard and South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) but will include more roads/routes in the near future. Since its public beta launch last June 29th, an average of at least 6,000 drivers and commuters have been using the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator daily.
The Metro Manila Traffic Navigator can be accessed via the Internet through its official website – http://mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com/. It is optimized for viewing on any computer or mobile device. Users can share traffic status updates with friends via Twitter or Facebook.
Personally, I’m very happy about the launch of the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator. It shows that the country and the Philippine government is embracing technology and social media and putting it into good use. I hope to see more Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects like this that will benefit the Filipino people.
Did anyone try using the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator? How do you like it? Is it effective and useful? Has it helped you save time and avoid traffic? What other features and options would you like to see added to the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator? Please share your thoughts.