Grab, World Bank team up for traffic database

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — When is the best time to travel in Metro Manila? Mondays at 4 a.m. And the worst? Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Transport network service Grab, together with the World Bank, launched OpenTraffic, a road and traffic database platform designed to answer such questions and hopefully solve Metro Manila's traffic woes.

With the aim of improving traffic safety and solving traffic congestion, Grab partnered with the World Bank to provide Southeast Asian cities with a free open-source data platform.

OpenTraffic will also be rolled out in Cebu, Davao, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, and Hanoi, cities where Grab operates its ride-hailing service.

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By monitoring real-time traffic conditions collecting data, OpenTraffic can aid governments in making better decisions about traffic signal timing, public transportation, road infrastructure, travel demand management, and emergency traffic management.

It gives traffic officials information on speed, flow, and intersection delay, and enables them to identify accident-prone areas, using GPS data gleaned from thousands of Grab drivers across the country.

"There are millions of GPS points. Every six seconds, the application sends a GPS point so there's millions and millions of data points which means it's exceedingly accurate," Deevya Desai, Grab's Regional Head of Public Affairs, said in a press conference on Tuesday (April 5).

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The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said OpenTraffic will help them create effective traffic management schemes, because at the moment, they only rely on manual surveys to gather traffic data.

"With up-to-date and timely information, then you can make fact-based decisions which then make implementation accurate and much easier," said DOTC Undersecretary Rene Limcauco.