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Hanoi mulls digital traffic map to alleviate congestion

Saturday, August 03, 2019, 15:00 GMT+7
Hanoi mulls digital traffic map to alleviate congestion
Commuters are pictured during a traffic congestion in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The Hanoi Department of Transport has plans to develop a digital traffic map system to enhance transport management and relieve congestion and improve mobility for commuters on busy routes.

A document detailing the plan was submitted to the municipal administration for approval, the official Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.

The VND2 billion (US$86,700) system will have its servers, installed at the Hanoi Transport Management and Operation Centre, handle data from traffic cameras across the Vietnamese capital city to update its digital traffic map in real-time.

Such an adaption of information technology will enable commuters to figure out the optimal route to get to their desired destinations, given the frequent traffic jams in the capital city, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the transportation department as saying.

The digital map will also provide users with information about traffic infrastructure and vehicles, gas and medical stations, parking lots, stops and drop-off and pick-up points for passenger buses, and tourist attractions, as well as updates on traffic flow and warnings about possible congested areas.

The Ministry of Transport previously requested that relevant agencies expedite the establishment of a digital map for the Vietnamese transport sector.

As there is currently no standardized platform, commuters and transport units in Vietnam have to use different digital maps, which affects the quality of information, according to Pham Duy Ninh, director of the transport ministry’s Information Technology Centre.

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