Texas Transportation Institute Teams with INRIX

INRIX’s Nationwide Coverage and Superior Data Accuracy Transform the Institute’s Approach to its Nationally Recognized Report on Traffic Congestion

College Station, Texas and Kirkland, Wash. – The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) announced today it has selected INRIX® as the exclusive private provider of traffic information for the 2010 Urban Mobility Report. TTI’s 2010 Urban Mobility Report will be the most comprehensive look yet at the nation’s traffic problems, incorporating more roads, more communities, and more up-to-date congestion information thanks to a new partnership between TTI and INRIX, the leading provider of traffic information and navigation services in North America.

“The new data will give us a better understanding of the congestion problems faced by America’s commuters and freight shippers and help decision makers at all levels of government identify the solutions that meet their needs,” said study co-author Tim Lomax.

TTI’s partnership with INRIX will significantly improve the report’s traffic congestion analysis for urban areas across the country in several ways:

  • Increase the detailed dataset analysis from 90 cities to 100 cities. INRIX uniquely “crowd-sources” traffic information from more than 1.5 million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices to reliably deliver real-time and historical traffic conditions for every major U.S. metropolitan area
  • Provide congestion data analysis for 2009 nearly a year faster than previous reports. Since INRIX will provide TTI with its calendar year 2009 traffic data early in 2010, TTI can focus its research efforts on analysis rather than time-consuming process of reviewing information from many sources.

“TTI is nationally recognized as the traffic congestion research resource that government and business depend upon,” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO, INRIX. “As the Urban Mobility study enters its 20th year, we are excited to team with TTI and provide them with the data and technologies they need to analyze and report on our nation’s traffic problems.”

TTI’s 2010 Urban Mobility Report, the 20th edition of the report since its inception in 1984, will combine INRIX real-time flow and historical data with public agency sources to produce congestion trends from 1982 to 2009. The report is expected to be released around Labor Day, 2010.

The report provides key stakeholders in transportation across the government, business and public sectors with an unrivaled source of information on congestion problems and trends for the nation’s roadways. The report has evolved over the years, with several methodology and data changes, but with a consistent focus on providing technical information in an easily understood format. Study co-authors David Schrank and Tim Lomax will be joined by Senior Research Engineer Shawn Turner, an expert in the field of traffic data collection and leader of the data improvement activities.

About Texas Transportation Institute

Since 1950, the Texas Transportation Institute has sought solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation — surface, air, pipeline, water and rail.

A member of The Texas A&M University System, the Institute annually works with nearly 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. TTI is the largest participant in the Texas Department of Transportation research program. Recognized as one of the finest higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI has made research breakthroughs across all facets of modern transportation. Virtually every mile of roadway in Texas has benefitted from TTI research.

With headquarters on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, TTI maintains a full-service safety proving grounds facility and erosion control laboratory in Bryan, and has offices in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston and San Antonio. At any one time, TTI has research projects in about 30 U.S. states and 20 foreign countries.

More information about the Urban Mobility Report can be found at http://mobility.tamu.edu.

About INRIX

INRIX® is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services, with more than 90 customers and industry partners including the Ford Motor Company, TomTom, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON AG, TeleNav, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Tele Atlas, deCarta, ITIS Holdings, TCS, Telmap, ANWB and ADAC. INRIX’s strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation, mapping, telematics and other location-based service applications in the car, online and on mobile devices.

INRIX Traffic Services leverage sophisticated statistical analysis techniques, originally developed by Microsoft Research, to aggregate and enhance traffic-related information from hundreds of public and private sources, including traditional road sensors and the company’s unique network of over 1.5 million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices including 8 of the top 10 iPhone navigation apps. INRIX delivers real-time and historical traffic information today for 16 countries across North America and Europe. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of navigation and location-based service applications, visit www.INRIX.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/INRIX.