Bengaluru Has World’s Worst Traffic, Drivers Spend 71% Extra Time On-Road: Here Are The Peak Hours, Days For Traffic
How Did This Happen?
On Wednesday, the TomTom Traffic Index said “Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with drivers in the southern Indian city expecting to spend an average of 71 percent extra travel time stuck in traffic,”.
Basically, TomTom is a Dutch independent location technology specialist, offering maps and navigation software among others.
The company has headquarters in Amsterdam and TomTom has offices in 30 countries.
As per the report, Fridays between 7-8PM has the worst traffic.
What Does TomTom Traffic Index Show?
Closely following Begaluru, the Indian tech-hub are Philippines capital Manila, where people also spend 71 percent more traffic waiting time, Bogota, 68 percent, Mumbai, 65 percent and Pune, 59 percent, comprising the top five most congested cities in the world.
These are the top five most choked cities in the world, out of them three are from India, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune.
If we talk about Europe, Moscow is the most traffic-congested city, followed by Istanbul, Kyiv, Bucharest and St. Petersburg.
On the other hand in the United States, Los Angeles leads traffic congestion, followed by New York, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.
What Does TomTom Traffic Index Warns?
TomTom in the ninth edition of its annual traffic index said “Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and the 239 cities (57 per cent) TomTom included in the new Traffic Index report had increased congestion levels between 2018 and 2019, with only 63 cities showing measurable decreases,”.
Although traffic congestion is a sign of a strong economy, according to TomTom, the choking actually costs economies billions of dollars, with the global average congestion level at 29 per cent.
There’s a long road to travel globally until congestion levels are brought under control.
How Can The Traffic Congestion Can Be Controlled?
TomTom’s traffic information vice president Ralf-Peter Schafer in a statement said that ” In time, the rise of autonomous vehicles and car-sharing services will help alleviate congestion, but planners and policymakers can’t afford to sit and wait,”.
The Dutch company analyses real-time incidents and congestion to predict traffic before it occurs, enabling TomTom navigation software to be more relevant with improved route calculations and better estimated time of arrival, as part of its services.
As the company claims, using its services can help commuters save time, fuel and avoid stress for drivers, fleet and logistics providers and others.
TomTom is developing high definition maps for autonomous cars and creating efficient electric vehicle routes where the vehicles can be routed and charged, aiming at the future.