THE traffic department of the Mumbai Police has until now got updates on the traffic situation on Mumbai’s roads through three systems — a network of CCTVs, traffic policemen deputed on the streets and Google Maps. Since November 10, however, the traffic department has begun relying on updates from at least 5,000 private taxis.
In a move to help commuters solve their traffic woes, Mumbai Police’s traffic department has tied up with an app called ‘Ridlr’. It is assisting them to analyse vehicular movements and real-time traffic.
‘Ridlr’ is essentially a smart commuting and transit app being used by the traffic department’s new control room.
Officials said that ‘Ridlr’ has permission from at least 5,000 private taxis to track the Global Positioning System (GPS) units installed inside the vehicles.
“Each GPS unit sends us their location points at an average of every 15 seconds. We collect all the data and analyse it. Depending on the route the vehicle takes, we can show on our Ridlr map the congestion on that route,” said a senior data analyst with Ridlr.
The analyst added, “The algorithm we use is based on the formula of speed which is the distance taken by a vehicle to reach point A from point B, divided by time taken.”
After the data has been analysed, various colours indicate the congestion on the streets. Red colour roads have bumper-to-bumper traffic, pink roads have moving traffic, blue indicates moderate movement of vehicles and green shows easy movement.
A senior RTO official B I Ajri called the app a diagnostic tool and said, “We cannot add more roads. So, this move will help time our travels better, which is much needed in a city like Mumbai.” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Milind Bharambe said, “Our main purpose is to help the public. The commuters should benefit.”