The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is jumping forward into the 21st century by using real-time traffic data to analyze where infrastructure is highly needed to relieve traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
In a recently signed memorandum of understanding, DPWH will gather data from ride-hailing app Uber to empower their urban planners with correct information so that they may make the right decisions for future projects.
“This is one major step towards finding a solution to the increasing vehicle volume in our roads. With the help of Uber, we will be able to have better decision-making process when it comes to traffic patterns, solutions, and re-routing schemes. Our Department is one with Uber in their campaign towards finding a solution to our current traffic condition. We will provide them with inputs and relevant updates to ensure a hassle-free journey for their growing ridership,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
A platform called Movement for Manila will be created by Uber and the DPWH Planning Department in order to get a better understanding of the current traffic problems and how to solve them.
Uber will use extensive amounts of data gathered from trips completed all over Metro Manila during various times of the day to give the DPWH reliable information on travel times to and from various locations.
“Since Uber is available 24/7, travel conditions across different times of day, days of the week, or months of the year can be compared—and how travel times are impacted by big events, road closures or other things happening in a city. This data is anonymized and aggregated into the same types of geographic zones that transportation planners use to evaluate which parts of cities need expanded infrastructure, like the NAIA-X or Skyway extension. This is only the first step. City planners face a myriad of challenges, and we hope to help tackle more of them over time. We’re honored to partner with the DPWH for this pioneering project. We're committed to serving the country and be a government partner for progress," said Laurence Cua, General Manager of Uber Philippines.