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Technology Deep Dive: Personalized Traveler Alerts

Personalized real-time alerts about incidents, work zones, and flooding improves trip planning and enhances safety for users.


Overview

Metropia’s MaaS platform integrates real-time incident, work zone, and flooding data from multiple sources to provide users with timely notifications only when their intended travel is expected to be disrupted.The capability provided by Metropia covers three distinct types of events, as outlined in the table below. These alerts are specifically targeted to routes that are relevant to the user's planned or past travels, ensuring that they receive information pertinent to their specific journey.

  1. Incident Alerts: Users will receive alerts for both the start and end of any reported incidents along their intended routes. This includes incidents such as accidents, stalled vehicles, or other disruptions. By receiving timely alerts, users can proactively adjust their travel plans to avoid affected areas, minimize delays, and maintain a smooth and safe journey.

  2. Construction Zone Alerts: This alert category provides users with detailed information about ongoing construction zones along their routes. The alerts may include specific messages or detour requirements issued by the relevant mobility agency. By being informed about construction zones in advance, users can plan their trips accordingly, taking into account potential detours or alternate routes to avoid congestion and delays caused by construction activities.

  3. Flood Warning Alerts: Metropia's system also provides users with alerts regarding flood warnings. These alerts indicate the general location and coverage of the flood alert area, helping users stay informed about potential flooding risks along their planned routes. By being aware of high alert areas, users can take necessary precautions, such as adjusting their travel plans or avoiding flood-prone areas, ensuring their safety during inclement weather conditions.

Table 1: Types of Pre-trip alerts

Table 1: Types of Pre-trip alerts


Project Highlight


Pre-Trip Safety Alerts

Houston ConnectSmart aims to simplify transportation in the Greater Houston Area, prioritizing user convenience and safety. One of its prominent features focuses on providing timely notifications to users, ensuring they stay informed and maintain their schedules. By leveraging user data and learning their routines, ConnectSmart proactively sends alerts regarding accidents, construction, and flooding that may affect their upcoming trips. Users receive these notifications for trips scheduled in advance, synchronized calendar events, or even for frequently taken routes. Moreover, if the incident is resolved before the trip commences, the app will promptly update users accordingly.


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