Rio de Janeiro, home of the final match of the World Cup, is the first city in the world to collect real-time data, both from drivers who use the Waze navigation app and pedestrians who use the public-transportation app Moovit giving it an unprecedented view on thousands of moving points across the sprawling city. Rio is also talking to the popular cycling app Strava to start monitoring how cyclists are moving around the city, reports Forbes.
While consumers use Waze and Moovit to get around, both companies are flipping the use case and turning those millions of users into a network of sensors that municipalities can tap into for a better view on traffic and hazards. Local governments can also use these apps as a channel to send alerts.
Waze has been sharing user data with Rio since summer 2013 and just signed up the State of Florida. It says more departments of transport are in the pipeline.
Moovit’s data is downloaded by municipalities through a web interface that gives them an aggregated view of where pedestrians using Moovit are going. In return, the city feeds Moovit’s database with a stream of real-time GPS data for buses and trains, and can issue transport alerts to Moovit’s users.