TALLAHASSEE, FL For travelers who want to see what traffic looks like before getting on the highway, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that. The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views associated with crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and toll roads. The app is for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and is available for free download on the iTunes App Store.
The Florida 511 app is the newest addition to FDOT's suite of resources for traffic information. Florida travelers can call 511, visit FL511.com, download the 511 app and/or register for My Florida 511 personalized services to receive traffic updates from FDOT. Florida 511 is updated with crashes, congestion and travel time information. Traffic camera views are available on FL511.com and now on the Florida 511 app.
The 511 app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide users with traffic information within miles of their location. Users can set the app to provide information for a range of up to 200 miles from their location or receive traffic information based on their registered My Florida 511 custom routes. Travel time information is also available based on location and direction of travel. The Florida 511 app offers traffic information in four ways:
-- An audible recording of incidents
-- On-screen list of incidents
-- Map view displaying incidents
-- Traffic camera views associated with incidents
To view traffic camera views, users can tap the traffic camera image on an incident to view traffic near that location. To ensure accurate traffic information based on GPS location, users should elect to provide the iPhone access to the user's location. An app for the Android is in development.
The Florida 511 system is also updated during emergencies such as a hurricane or wildfire with information on lane closures, toll suspensions and more.