Monday, August 30, 2010

WSDOT Launches Traffic App

Posted by on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:50 AM

The suspense nearly broke Twitter this morning. At least, the Washington State Department of Transportation was trying to whip up some anticipation on Twitter:

Huge announcement to share today. Very, very excited about this one and we think you are gonna love it too. #buildingsuspensetweet

You ready for the announcement yet? #waitforit #canthardlystandit

And then, there it was, the launch of a WSDOT iPhone app that promises "statewide traffic cameras and high priority travel alerts, mountain pass reports, northbound Canadian border wait times, ferry schedules and alerts as well as real time ferry locations."

But the first users were not impressed. Here's a representative review:

Was expecting so much better than this.
by broseph23

I've been waiting for this app for a long time. Seattle Freeways is way better than this. Needs multitasking support, better UI, retina display support throughout, get rid of ugly start image, and better flow maps. Integrate the cameras into the maps like Seattle freeways.

And then a fellow on Twitter—he goes by Felchin—was going off in a merciless condemnation. "If you're not going to best what's already out there, why even try?" Apparently the king of the hill is still Seattle Freeways.

 

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It's been on android for months, I could have told you what to expect.
Posted by arbeck http://www.facebook.com/arbeck on August 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM · Report this
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I feel bad for the poor WSDOT tweeter. :( They were so excited.
Posted by good job wsdot tweeter!!!! on August 30, 2010 at 11:10 AM · Report this
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They should license Grant's traffic report as an app.
Posted by Durr on August 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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What do you expect? Pensioned state workers and the cheapest possible tech consultants designed it.
Posted by Judith on August 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM · Report this
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Hi all, it's Jeremy from WSDOT. Thanks for the shout out Dominic, appreciate it. I was very excited about it when we tweeted it this morning. A few early adopters who were already using the Seattle Freeways app certainly reflected a bit of disappointment, that is a fantastic app and is difficult to compete with. However our app has ferry schedules, wait times, alerts and covers the entire state (and is free). We are open to any feedback that would help improve the iPhone or Android apps and want to make it them great tool for anyone who wants the latest in traffic and ferry information, that's why we open-sourced the code today at: http://github.com/wsdot. We hope other developers can take a look at it and suggest improvements. @judith, be nice, the app was done entirely in house by state workers, no consultants used.
Posted by jbertrand on August 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM · Report this
Greg 6
Of course it's mediocre; the only cutting-edge software the government produces is the kind that helps them kill brown people.
Posted by Greg on August 30, 2010 at 10:35 PM · Report this

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