A new smart phone app for road and travel information has been released by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).
The Wyoming 511 app provides pre-trip and en route travel information, and can be used to provide location information to friends, family or emergency responders. It is available for most Android and Apple phones.
WYDOT has created a short video to explain the app’s features.
A map-based feature of the app provides information intended for planning a trip. Users can choose between road conditions and highway cameras. When viewing road conditions, a color-coded system shows pavement conditions and traffic hazards. The highway cameras view provides images from WYDOT’s statewide network of Web cameras.
Future releases of the app will add information about road construction and weather sensors.
The app improves safety for travelers who are already on the road with a “hands free, eyes free” function that speaks incidents and condition reports. Users hear road condition information for the route they are traveling on, and traffic incidents within a user-defined radius.
The app also features a “Where Am I?” function that uses GPS technology to identify the user’s location by route and mile marker as well as latitude and longitude coordinates. The location information provides accuracy down to one-tenth of a mile.
No personally identifiable information is collected by WYDOT through the use of the app.
It is available for free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.