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App gives incentives to avoid traffic: Metropia

Techstination feature for Monday, September 7, 2015

An app to give you incentives to avoid traffic.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.    I don’t know about you, but to me, avoiding traffic is its own reward.    But an app called Metropia, rolling out in select cities, aims to give you even more of a reason to avoid traffic congestion.   Metropia’s Mia Zmud…

“We reward points every time you use Metropia.  You’ll get more points for selecting a route that we give you and a travel time that meets your schedule, that shifts you out of peak traffic or we give you a route that will take you around traffic.  So we use a predictive algorithm.  You could wake up in the morning, before you’ve had your coffee, plan your trip to work, enjoy your coffee cause you know the best time to leave and the best route to avoid traffic.”

And the points you get can be used for gift cards from local merchants and some national retailers.   The app is available for iOS and Android.   You can find us at  I’m Fred Fishkin.

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