Traffic Apps: Are We There Yet?

​Two new navigation apps aim to put traffic reporting in the hands of drivers. The result could a be ubiquitous network that reliably reports tie-ups instantly, even on smaller roads where there are no traffic sensors and on side streets that traffic-reporting services seldom monitor.

The two apps, Waze and Aha, both free for the iPhone, take data from drivers and report to the network if those drivers are progressing as normal, or if they have hit a traffic snarl.

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Aha Mobile launches iPhone app for drivers

​Aha Mobile quietly launched its iPhone app two weeks ago, but has now announced enhancements for drivers. The app launched with traffic information for drivers covering Los Angeles, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The latest edition has more metropolitan areas including Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

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Aha MobileSG Updates its Free iPhone App

​Aha MobileSG, Inc. has recently released what the company calls its “first consumer experience” – the Aha application for iPhone users. Aha MobileSG touts itself as being able to keep drivers informed about the world around them by connecting them to each other and to relevant information from the Web. The company has now expanded road and traffic coverage in a number of major metropolitan areas.

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Aha Mobile rolls new traffic application in San Antonio

​Aha Mobile Inc. has developed a new application for the Apple iPhone that will provide road and traffic information for customers in San Antonio.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Aha included San Antonio traffic info as part of a strategic plan to roll out the service in select national markets. The application is free to download from the Apple iTunes App Store. Unlike navigation applications, which provide directions to drivers on the road, Aha Mobile allows drivers themselves to serve as virtual traffic reporters. Drivers have the ability to record and listen to 15-second traffic “Shouts” that are accessible to other drivers about congestion or accidents on the road.

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Aha Mobile: Traffic & Consumer-focused app

​After a soft launch two weeks ago, Aha Mobile, a start-up recently funded by venture capital firm Venrock (read here) is officially unveiling this week its commuter-focused iPhone application in the United States. The innovation of Aha is to offer a peer to peer voice channel to inform drivers about their commute. On the top of vocal INRIX traffic information feeds, users can receive and create 15 seconds voice notes (“Shouts”) about traffic conditions on the road in front of them.

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Aha Mobile Launches Traffic Warning/Bitching App

​Aha sent us a note to let us know that in addition to SF, LA, and San Diego, the app also now works in DC, Dallas, Seattle, San Antonio, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach. More cities means more venting!

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Heading Out on the Road? Here are 5 Apps to Make Your Trip Easier

​Similar to Waze, Aha is aimed at helping drivers find the quickest travel route and will alert them of traffic conditions — but not on a map. Instead, this free iPhone app, which was rolled out this week, shows traffic conditions on the three roads closest to where you’re driving and provides travel times between road exits. Drivers can voice-record updates about traffic and road information into the app. Drivers can also customize the settings in the app so it alerts them to places nearby that they’re interested in, such as a Starbucks or pizza place. Aha even send alerts about red-light cameras.

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Venture capital watch

Aha Mobile in Palo Alto raised $3 million from Venrock for an iPhone application that pushes traffic reports and other relevant information to drivers. Aha plans to expand the application to other devices.

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