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High-tech sensors help make Bay of Plenty travel more predictable

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The NZ Transport Agency says travelling around Tauranga and parts of the Bay of Plenty will be more predictable, thanks to new high-tech sensors that collect and share live traffic information with people.

A network of sensors, which use Bluetooth technology to record travel time have been installed around the region.

The sensors record how long it takes vehicles to travel from sites around the region, for example from the Tauranga CBD to Te Puna, Tauriko, Hairini, Papamoa, Te Puke or further afield to Waihi, across the Kaimai Range, Whakatane and Rotorua.

The information is streamed live to a dedicated mobile website www.drivelive.nz/tauranga(external link) which advises people how long journeys are currently taking around the region. The site updates every few minutes.

The sensors also measure travel time savings and reliability improvements from new projects such as the Tauranga Eastern Link.

The Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty journey manager, Nigel D’Ath says the DriveLive initiative will help people to plan ahead and work out the best time to travel, and what time they are likely to arrive at their destination.

“Knowing how long a journey will take is important for people and businesses,” he says.

“People have told us that being unable to predict journey times with certainty is one of their biggest frustrations, resulting in lost time and productivity.”

“The DriveLive website will provide people with live information to help them make smarter travel choices and hopefully save time each day.”

“Not only will travellers know what to expect, they will be able to share that information with others.”

Mr D’Ath says the NZ Transport Agency and project consultants, Beca decided to roll out the initiative as there are a number of large roading projects in the pipeline, such as the Maungatapu Underpass and Bayfair to Baypark Improvement (B2B).

The sensors monitor the unique Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from passing vehicles; they match that unique signal at the next sensor to measure the travel time. They do not record any personal information and cannot be linked back to an individual.

DriveLive is among a range of travel information options available to people travelling around New Zealand.

For personalised information about driving conditions on frequently used routes, motorists can also check out and sign up to On The Move at  www.onthemove.govt.nz.(external link)

For extra real time information on highway conditions and incidents on the network visit www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/(external link) , call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS or follow @nztawaibop on twitter.

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