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UN turn to TomTom in urban congestion battle

By Kyle Linsay
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 15:00

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CONGESTED: UN-Habitat team with TomTom

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, are to utilise TomTom Traffic Index data to strategically tackle worldwide urban congestion.

TomTom’s recent release of the sixth edition of their Traffic Index revealed a clear pattern of increased congestion.

Commuters worldwide are spending on average eight working days stuck in traffic.

Dr Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, said: “Urban areas are growing fast; they are now home to half of the world’s population and are predicted to reach six billion by 2050.

“How we plan and manage our cities in terms of basic services, mobility or connectivity is going to be essential to ensure better cities.

“TomTom’s data will give us vital insight, providing a more accurate analysis of urban traffic congestion.

“This will help policy makers and local governments develop sustainable, workable and lasting urban solutions.”

Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom International, added: “TomTom is committed to investing in new ideas and technologies with the aim of bringing significant benefits to drivers, businesses and society as a whole.

“This partnership will help urban planners and government stakeholders make more informed decisions to tackle urban congestion.”

Image courtesy of David Holt London, with thanks.

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