April 16, 2015 — Michigan motorists have a new tool to help them navigate around construction zones this year – the Mi Drive traffic information app. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says there have been more than 40,000 downloads of the free app since it was introduced in November 2014.
“The summer driving season is always hectic but it’s no secret there’s work to be done on our aging infrastructure,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Part of MDOT’s job is not only to do the best job we can maintaining Michigan’s transportation infrastructure with the resources available, but also to keep motorists safe, informed, and mobile. Mi Drive does a great job of helping MDOT serve the public.”
According to the Pew Research Center’s April 1 report “U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015”, nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 40 percent of smartphone owners look up government services or information. Connect Michigan has found 1.4 million Michiganders access the Internet daily on their smartphones.
Mi Drive uses Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology, speed sensors, cameras and cell phone data to provide motorists with real-time information about factors that can affect travel. The site currently displays real-time traffic camera views, real-time color-coded speeds on major routes, message boards, work zones, rest areas and Welcome Centers across Michigan, MDOT carpool lots, and National Weather Service forecasts by city name or zip code.
The Mi Drive website and app are maintained by MDOT; the Department of Technology, Management and Budget; the state’s Center for Shared Solutions & Technology Partnerships; and the ITS program office within the MDOT Operations Field Services Division. First launched in 2007, the site has been revamped several times. A mobile version was introduced in 2011 and the app was rolled out on Nov. 12, 2014. Since the initial release, the Mi Drive team has encouraged public feedback, as well as monitored user comments in the iTunes app store and Google Play.
Download MDOT’s Mi Drive traffic information app: www.michigan.gov/drive
• The Mi Drive app debuted in November 2014 and has been downloaded more than 40,000 times.
• The free app is available on iOS and Android devices.
• Mi Drive provides up-to-date construction info, traffic incidents, traffic cams, and other information helpful to motorists.