The government of India’s Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, IIT Madras, and Mapmy India, India’s leading digital data and technology products and platforms company for maps, geospatial, and location-based IoT, today signed an MoU for collaboration on driver and road safety technologies, and jointly launched India’s best and FREE-TO-USE navigation app service for all 130+ crore Indians.
The MapmyIndia app, enhanced with the support of MoRTH and IIT Madras, provides road safety alerts to users about upcoming accident hazards while driving. Using this navigation app, users will get voice and visual cues about upcoming accident-prone zones, speed breakers, sharp curves, potholes, etc, to ensure they can drive carefully and avoid accidents.
Further through the app, users and authorities can also report and broadcast accidents, unsafe areas, and road, and traffic issues on the map to help benefit other users, which will be analyzed by IIT Madras and MapmyIndia and will then be used by the Government of India to improve road conditions in future.
The MapmyIndia, which won the Government of India’s Attmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge in 2020, additionally offers a myriad of mapping, navigation, safety, and hyper-local features to help users in their day-to-day lives as they move around their city or across the country. The collaboration between MoRTH, IIT Madras, and MapmyIndia represents the best of the public sector, academia, and private sector coming together to offer a world-class, locally relevant, indigenous solution
This is a truly Aatmanirbhar, Sarvottam Bharat initiative, and all Indians are encouraged to download and use the MapmyIndia app and take benefit of these enhanced navigation and road safety alerts while driving. Further, all government organizations at central, state and local levels such as transport, public works, road and traffic departments, and authorities are encouraged to use the app to report and broadcast information about accidents, poor traffic or road conditions, road works, etc., so that users can be quickly alerted about potentially dangerous areas.
The free-to-use app can be downloaded by visiting mapmyindia.com/move.
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) is an apex organization under the Central Government, is entrusted with the task of formulating and administering, in consultation with other Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments/UT Administrations, organizations, and individuals, policies for Road Transport, National Highways, Road Safety and Transport Research with a view to increasing the mobility and efficiency of the road transport system in the country.
About IIT Madras
IIT Madras is a premier academic and research institute constituted by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act 1961 and has been actively involved in developing various data-driven initiatives for improving road safety. IITM had conceptualized and designed an integrated road accident database for deployment across India. IITM also is actively involved in building capacity and capability, particularly in advancing road safety across various State Governments and to the Government of India.
About MapmyIndia (C.E. Info Systems Ltd)