There’s a new traffic information app that keeps Orlando drivers’ eyes on the road and off their mobile devices.
The free Tele-Traffic app, available for iOS and Android, provides on-demand traffic updates in a single audio clip reported from the company’s operations center in Longwood.
“No maps, no GPS, no pinching or sliding,” said Brett Milove, CEO of Tele-Traffic. “All they have to do is click and listen.”
Milove said two workers monitor state and local reports, 13 different different scanners, camera feeds from the state Department of Transportation, and police and fire-rescue calls. They update the app as soon as a new traffic incident occurs or another clears. The app also includes updates on airport delays.
The ads can be a bit annoying, like those on radio traffic reports, but they’re short.
One audio report lasted just under one minute and thirty seconds, although an advertisement for a pizza restaurant consumed the first 25 seconds of the traffic update.
That’s not to say it wasn’t an informative audio clip.
The traffic update included accidents on major roadways, lane closures, and airport information. Users can restart the audio clip by touching the red button on their smartphone’s screen, but Milove said an upcoming update for the iOS app includes a rewind feature.
The app could benefit from a time stamp. That would help listeners know when the last update was posted.
While the service only provides updates Monday through Friday, between 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Milove said a 24-hour version, including weekends, is in the works.