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Waze Beacons Rolls Out in New York City to Improve Tunnel Navigation

Date: Jan 29, 2019
Press Release Number: 14-2019

MTA Bridges and Tunnels and Port Authority Working together with Waze to Install Beacons in Area Tunnels

New York, NY - January 29, 2019 - Waze, the everyday driving platform that allows drivers to outsmart traffic, together, today announced the launch of a partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to bring Waze Beacons to the New York metro area. Waze Beacons are an affordable, scalable, open-source solution that enables better tunnel navigation where GPS signals may drop out. Above all, the Waze Beacons program furthers the company’s goal to empower drivers.

Beginning today, Waze Beacons are live in the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel, enabling seamless tunnel navigation and putting an end to underground GPS signal blackouts. This also marks the first time multiple partners have collaborated to install Waze Beacons, enabling seamless navigation for all tunnel entrances and exits within a single city, in this case, Manhattan.

“Bringing Waze Beacons to New York City marks a momentous occasion for our program,” said Gil Disatnik, Head of Waze Beacons. “This affordable, scalable, open-source technology is easy to install and can instantly help with tunnel navigation. At Waze we are focused on leveraging technology to promote road safety and make it easier for people to navigate throughout the world.”

“We are excited to bring this innovative technology to our tunnels as it will provide significant benefits to motorists by delivering uninterrupted real-time traffic data that enhances the customer experience,” said Veronique Hakim, MTA Managing Director. “Together with Cashless Tolling, this further underscores our commitment to modernizing our facilities so we can better serve customers now and for many years to come.”

“The Port Authority is strongly committed to leveraging new technology to improve the customer experience for the tens of thousands of travelers who use our crossings each day,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Last year, we launched our Crossing Time app that provides commuters with real-time traffic conditions at all agency bridges and tunnels. Today, we are activating new technology pioneered by Waze that will provide better GPS navigation capabilities for drivers as they drive through the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and MTA tunnels. We will provide further 21st Century technological tools to our customers as they are developed.”

The New York launch of Waze Beacons follows successful installations in nine cities around the world, including Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; Rio, Brazil; Paris, France; Florence, Italy; Haifa, Israel; Jihlava, Czech Republic; and Oslo, Norway.

Waze Beacons were invented in-house at Waze, and installations began in 2016. The technology is simple to install, and Beacons use open-source technology to make third-party integration simple and seamless.

To learn more about Waze Beacons, visit: waze.com/beacons.


About Waze

Waze is where people and technology meet to solve transportation challenges. It's a platform that empowers communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpool to improve the way we move about the world. Thanks to Wazers everywhere, Waze is able to partner with municipalities and transit authorities to reduce traffic and congestion—leveraging current infrastructure while impacting city planning.

A world with better transportation doesn't have to be in the distant future. By harnessing the power of community to reverse negative trends in transportation, Waze can create a world where traffic is history.


About Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and operates seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City, including Robert F. Kennedy, Throgs Neck, Verrazzano-Narrows, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridges, and the Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown Tunnels. Combined, the nine facilities carry the most traffic of any bridge and tunnel authority in the nation, with surplus revenues from tolls going to help support MTA public transit services. For more information, please visit https://new.mta.info/bridges-and-tunnels

About the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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