NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has launched a new mobile application tool (app) for motorists: the TDOT SmartWay Mobile App.
The app will help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information, according to a recent TDOT news release.
The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.
"We are excited to be able to provide this tool for motorists," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.
"The features we're providing can help travelers avoid congestion and have a safer drive to their holiday destinations."
The home screen for the TDOT SmartWay App is a map, which will locate the user's current position, according to the release.
Users will see icons on the left hand side of the map for traffic speeds, incidents, cameras, road construction, road conditions, and dynamic message signs. Map views can be customized by simply clicking on those icons.
The bottom of the screen shows the TDOT SmartWay App's other features:
* Near Me -- Allows users to see traffic incidents, construction, and road conditions near their current location.
* Notifications -- Allows users to set up customized alerts about traffic incidents, construction, and road conditions. Alerts can be set up either by start and end point, or by choosing the county and route. Users can select the time frame to receive notifications, and create multiple notifications.
* Favorites -- From the map screen, users can select a camera, and click "Add to Favorites." Once selected favorites have been added, users will have the ability to scroll through to see real-time images of their route.
The TDOT SmartWay App was developed by NIC, the state's chosen eGovernment portal vendor. NIC will provide user support for the application.
The Help Desk can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 615-313-0300 or 1-866-8TN-EGOV. For more information, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/mobile.htm
TDOT asks motorists to use the TDOT SmartWay App responsibly. Drivers should check traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.
Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.