Amsterdam working with Google to reduce traffic congestion

Google (Photo: John Marino / Wikimedia Commons). (Google (Photo: John Marino / Wikimedia Commons))

Amsterdam is teaming up with Google and research institute TNO to reduce traffic congestion in the city. Using traffic statistics from Google, the parties will work to direct traffic to flow in a smarter way, AT5 reports.

Google's Maps has been helping motorists across the world navigate urban areas for years. Using Android phones, the Maps can provide traffic information based on the speed of travelers currently in the location.

Amsterdam wants to use this to provide motorists with smarter routes based on actual travel times. It can also give the municipality insight on how a detour due to roadworks or an accident will affect traffic. The traffic statistics can result in substantial savings, because it can partially replace the traffic sensors along the roads.