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Toronto to Share Traffic Data with Waze

Waze, a GPS navigation software, acquired in 2013 by Google became partners with City of Toronto and will start utilizing city’s data.

This will help drivers to avoid traffic and construction around the city, and for the city to better understand how to fix any congestions using Waze data.

“This partnership will give our Traffic Operations Centre… better visibility into traffic patterns and give users of the Waze application enhanced information so that they can plan,” Tory said.

“By using Waze, all motorists will have access to the City of Toronto’s data in real time and be able to avoid road closures, construction, and traffic jams. We’re not the first and we should’ve been at this before now, but we’re now joining city like Montreal and Winnipeg who are already partnering with Waze and I’m glad we’re finally embracing this technology,” said Tory.

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Over half a million drivers use Waze app in Toronto. Toronto is not the first to partner with Waze. Winnipeg and Montreal have been sharing their data for a while now.

“Waze will be sharing anonymous traffic and driver insights with the city to give them better visibility in to traffic patterns and aid their planning decisions,” said Mike Wilson, a region manager with Waze.

Drones to Oversee Toronto / Ontario Highways

Big Brother is getting ready to fly overhead to make sure drivers are abiding by the rules of the highway code in Ontario.

Government of Ontario is studying  a way to unleash hundreds of drones around The Greater Toronto area to make sure motorists who take a high-occupancy toll lane are actually authorized to use it.

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The way the technology will work is that drones will scan the body heat in the car to see how many people are actually in the car , and if not the right amount of people, The Ministry of Transportation might send you a ticket in the mail.

Government has given the contract to The Sky Guys, a Drone Technology company in the Toronto area. Jeremy Wang, The CTO behind Sky Guys said:

“Our solution is a long range drone. The idea is that the drone is flying just off the side of the highway. It has an on-board camera and snaps pictures from the front, side and back views of each car. Basically we have our own proprietary software that can count the number of people inside and then a report gets sent to police if there’s less people than they’re should be. (A ticket) is linked to your licence plate.”

Brad DuGuid, Economic Development and Growth Minister said:

“All solutions developed will need to adhere to the relevant regulations, including privacy regulations.”


This story brings 1984 book by George Orwell to mind, where the overzealous government oversees citizens every move. The book wrestles with oppression in a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother and defying a ban on individuality.

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Imagine drones will start watching you to see if you have enough people in your car to use car lane, then if you speed, then if you fully break at the stop sign.

As 1984 Says:

“Big Brother is Watching You. Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

Watch out.