Waze is teaming-up with Los Angeles-based KABC-TV to connect with the community of local drivers on the road for instant access to real-time traffic information. Using Waze’s live map of users on the road, the station will be able to provide LA citizens with up-to-the-minute road reports during the July 15th weekend closure of the 405 freeway based on live feedback, incidents, and updates from Waze’s community of Los Angeles drivers. The closing 10 mile stretch is used by about half a million drivers on any given weekend. The upcoming “carmageddon” is part of a $1 billion highway improvement campaign which isn’t expected to be finished until 2013.
The new partnership coincides with Waze’s recent milestone of 4.5 million drivers. Last month Waze launched in Spain and the UK, increasing its global reach and support to drivers in Western Europe.
The Waze app is available for a number of platforms, including iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. You can download the version of your phone by point the browser to m.waze.com.