BCHighways App Launched
Prince George, B.C. – A new, free highways app promises to make driving safer and easier in British Columbia.
The app is called BCHighways and it uses information from DriveBC. Created by Victoria-based AirSenze Solutions, it provides real-time access to provincial highway information including road closures, planned work and extreme weather conditions.
It also features estimated border crossing wait times, traffic camera images and integrates DriveBC’s Twitter feed. It’s of course not intended to be used while driving, instead motorists must find a safe place to stop and pull over.
BCHighways is available on Apple and Android mobile devices and AirSenze plans to add notifications soon.
AirSenze is the first tech firm to build an app using DriveBC’s Open511 road event date, made available through the BC Developers’ Exchange.
The provincial government says the Developers’ Exchange is making it easier for software entrepreneurs to do business with government.
In fact, the province says since the BC Developers’ Exchange was created, government has spoken with over 400 developers through a series of face-to-face meetings in Vancouver, Victoria and the Interior.
This app uses information from DriveBC. It sure would be nice if DriveBC got off of it’s butt and got all of it’s highway webcams operational!
As just one example, the Pine Pass webcam at the Powder King Access Road has been down for MONTHS due to technical issues. DriveBC’s website states the following:
“This highway cam image is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. Our technicians have been alerted and service will resume as soon as possible.”
Resume as soon as possible? Come on DriveBC, how long is “as soon as possible” to get the numerous inoperable camera’s up and running?
So… I can use this app while driving, right?
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