Navigation apps are hardly novel, however the Colorado Division of Transportation says its new providing for smartphones has one thing that Google Maps and others usually lack: Actual-time street data — direct from the supply — that’s significantly very important for winter mountain driving on Interstate 70 and past.
The free COtrip Planner app, which launched Oct. 1 within the Apple and Android app shops, adapts the identical road-condition and closure data that CDOT lengthy has offered through its COtrip.org website. The web site additionally has a extra user-friendly refresh, and each combine Google’s recognizable mapping interface as their backbones, with CDOT stay situations accessible as overlays.
The COtrip modifications had been the results of a $2.1 million state contract that additionally included an improve of CDOT’s Superior Site visitors Administration System. That system feeds stay information to its operations facilities and performs a key position in administration of freeway incidents.
App customers can plot out driving routes and see site visitors buildups, climate situations affecting journey, building initiatives and partial or full street closures — together with stretches the place chain legal guidelines are in impact. A “trucker mode” reveals data specialised for big-rig drivers.
The app’s “TellMe” perform permits hands-free use, with the app asserting upcoming situations and incidents alongside the route or within the space. The app additionally permits customers to view stay street cameras on CDOT’s community throughout the state.
A downside is that stay street data is out there just for state and federal highways, not native roads.
Later this fall, CDOT says, winter-specific options will likely be added together with climate alerts and a snowplow tracker. Whereas turn-by-turn instructions aren’t but accessible, CDOT says that perform is predicted in a future replace.
The COtrip app enters a discipline that’s been dominated for years by Colorado-specific journey apps developed by personal firms that incorporate street data offered publicly by CDOT. However whereas a few of these keep updated, others have sputtered or been uncared for, making them unreliable.
One app by a personal developer is known as CDOT Colorado Highway Circumstances and prices $2.99 on the Apple App Retailer. Division spokeswoman Stacia Sellers mentioned it has no official connection to CDOT, regardless of the identify.