New BCHighways app gives drivers real-time road conditions

Nov 9 2016, 4:06 am

Good news drivers! Now you can get road information and maps in real-time, thanks to a new, free BCHighways app, which uses data drawn from DriveBC.

The app will provide drivers with access to provincial highway information, including road closures, roadwork, and weather conditions, as they happen.

The app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TC, and Android, will also feature estimated border wait times and traffic webcam images.

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The app was developed by Victoria-based AirSenze Solutions, also known as FreshWorks Studio, the first tech firm to build an app using DriveBC’s Open 511 road event data.

“After getting stuck for two hours driving to Banff because of an accident, we saw the perfect opportunity to develop a native app,” said CEO Samarth Mod.

BCHighways app screenshots (Province of BC)

BCHighways app screenshots (Province of BC)

AirSenze also worked in partnership with the BC Developer’s Exchange, which is making it easier for local tech entrepreneurs to do business with the government.

“We think it’s super cool that the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has provided the open data to BC Developer’s Exchange and giving companies like ours the data we need to develop easy to use apps that benefit the lives of millions of people,” said Mod.

It’s worth noting that while the app is a convenient way for you to get road information before you drive, it is still illegal to use any electronic handheld device while driving.

To download the BCHighways app, totally free, check here:

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