9k downloads of Pune Traffic app

Updated: Jul 25, 2014, 12:41 IST | Anuj Ismail

The Traffic police are mighty pleased with the response from citizens, and intend to use their feedback to improve the application further

Just a week after the launch of the Pune Traffic mobile application, it has been downloaded by 9,000 users, sending a strong message of approval from citizens. Launched on July 9, the application has several useful features such as live traffic flow information and GPS navigation.

DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare
DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare displays the home page of the application. File pic

On an average, about 1,000 people download the app every day. About 75 per cent of the downloads have been made by users in Pune city, followed by 15 per cent in Mumbai, and 10 per cent in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area.

Highly rated
The application is currently available for free download from the Google Play Store on Android-enabled phones. The Traffic police intend to soon make it available to iPhone users, too. It took the Traffic police three months to develop the app, working with two private firms. Connected to a GPS-enabled server, it can not only help in navigating city streets, but can also assist in locating stolen vehicles. Citizens can get alerts on traffic jams, find out where their vehicle has been towed, or even take pictures of traffic violators or complain against errant auto rickshaw drivers.

Traffic Jam
Avoiding traffic jams has now become easier with the help of the Pune Traffic app, which provides live traffic updates. File pic

Several citizens who have used the application have rated it highly on Play Store, and have even left suggestions on how to improve it. The application has received 424 ratings from users, averaging 4.6 out of five on the app market. This is a higher rating than the 4.2 received by the Delhi Traffic police’s app and the 4.1 by Bangalore police’s effort.

DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare told mid-day, “In the past week, we have received feedback from more than 400 citizens. The suggestions they have made include uploading details related to PMPML bus timings and their routes, names and numbers of the police officials posted at police stations and petrol pumps that are operational round-the-clock.”

“We are going to make constant efforts to make changes in the application, so that it can help the end user with their queries. We are trying to make the necessary updates and changes at the earliest,” he added.

Benefits of the application

>> Real-time traffic update on mobile phones
>> Information on nearest police stations and hospitals
>> Auto rickshaw fare information
>> Option to find location of towed vehicles
>> Information on charges for traffic offences

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