Bring stuck in traffic is a complete waste of time, and there are a number of apps that can assist you to avoid the congestion to take alternate routes, namely Google Maps and Waze (now owned by Google). If you’re in Toronto and want to try something a bit more local, then the 680News Traffic App could be a fit for you.
The Rogers-owned radio station does a good job at giving up-to-date traffic alerts, and this app extends its offering to the iPhone and Android devices. 680 News states that the traffic information comes from “government data, traffic cameras and submissions from users” to give drivers real-time info. The app is free, but has banner ads.
Here’s the specifics of what the app will offer you:
- Hands-free audio traffic reporting
- Monitors traffic along your route as you drive
- Save your most-used routes, destinations, or use the default favourite community destinations
- Set up daily traffic push notifications before you leave home, work, or school
- Receive push notifications of major traffic incidents that affect the entire GTA
- Help other commuters by reporting traffic to the 680News traffic centre and we’ll use your information to update others on the road.
“Traffic in this city can be extremely frustrating,” said Scott Metcalfe, news director at 680News. “Whether it’s construction on the Gardiner, a crash on the 401 or issues on local streets this new app is a perfect companion to our on-air traffic reports every 10 minutes on the 1’s.”
Download the app here via the App Store or Google Play. No word on whether the 680News Traffic App will arrive on BlackBerry or Windows Phone.