By firstname.lastname@example.org (InfoseekChina)
(WCT) Chinese web mapping content and navigation service provider Autonavi Software formed a partnership with the country’s leading microblogging service Sina Weibo on Sept. 8, under which they will create a “V Traffic” public service platform, inviting government transportation departments around the country to set up service spots.
On the same day, the two companies also released their first product — the City Traffic Index Board — for the planned platform. The board shows the real-time speed of motor vehicles and traffic conditions in 45 major Chinese cities.
Shanghai’s China Business News said dozens of cities, including Beijing, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Dalian, have agreed to join the “V Traffic” platform, which will channel various kinds of traffic data to Weibo so that the latter can disseminate the information to its massive user base.
Under the partnership, Autonavi and Weibo will gradually create a composite platform on which traffic data can be distributed and analyzed.
Autonavi chair Yu Yongfu said data is “awakening and reconstructing the supply and demand of society.” In the future, data will be vital in the construction of smart cities, particularly in the area of traffic.
Weibo CEO Wang Gaofei said there are now more than 100,000 certified official government accounts on Weibo covering almost all of the country’s government functions from public security, courts, traffic and weather, to culture and education.
By taking advantage of the Weibo platform, government agencies have built a composite service system providing users with data on public safety, judicial rulings, road conditions, weather warnings and educational information.
With the Autonavi partnership, Weibo can further upgrade its traffic information services and help promote the construction of smart cities using the “V Traffic” platform, Wang said.
Source:: Autonavi and Weibo team up to provide real-time traffic information