Transport for London has announced that video 'jamcams' and live London Underground car park data has been added to its open data API, provided free of charge for developers.
The latest data, that provides live information on the number of parking spaces available in London Underground car parks, as well as improved traffic camera information that could help drivers avoid disruption, is published online at TfL’s open data users portal, and ha been released as part of its stated commitment to make information it holds openly available to create better products and services that can be quickly brought to customers.
Nearly 500 third party apps now powered by TfL's live open data,
The latest two datasets have been added to what TfL describes as an ‘extensive range’ of available TfL data feeds, including live travel information for all services and details of planned roadworks and live road incidents.
Almost 500 mobile phone and online apps are powered by TfL's open data, providing information about the Capital's public transport and road networks.
All public TfL data (or 'open data') is released for developers to use in their own software and services. It encourages software developers to use the feeds to present customer travel information in innovative ways - providing they adhere to its terms and conditions.
London Underground car park Video Jam Cams data
TfL said the new data feeds will further help drivers better plan their journeys and contribute towards reduced congestion:
London Underground car park data: Information about all 61 London Underground station car parks is now available online, including location, cost and the number of spaces. For 23 of these, a dynamic feed is available to inform people how many spaces are currently being used. TfL is working with its contractors to investigate expanding the feed to cover all LU car parks in the future.
Video Jam Cams: As well as static images from TfL's "JamCams", which provide regularly updated images of the TfL Road Network across London, developers can now also access five second looped videos - similar to a Vine - from available TfL cameras. This allows people to see how traffic is moving along particular roads to help better understand live traffic conditions. The videos have also been incorporated into TfL's live traffic website.
More TfL data feeds to be published
Further improvements and data feeds are planned throughout this year. These include simpler access to the annual road safety data, improvement work on tunnels and further data on schemes which are modernising the road network. TfL is also investigating how to make complex fares information more accessible for developers.
Future plans also include using historic and real-time data to provide more information on the predicted status of the public transport and road networks to provide customers with alerts in advance.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said, “Mobile devices and new sources of data are making it ever-easier to help people avoid delay and manage their journeys. We are absolutely committed to making sure that we help people have easier journeys through the Capital, and we are lucky enough to have a booming tech sector in London that is perfectly positioned to help us deliver on this commitment.”
Phil Young, Head of Online at TfL, said, “Our free open data helps millions of people plan their journeys and avoid unnecessary delays. These new feeds will give people even more information that will help them avoid congestion on the roads.”
“As people increasingly use mobile devices in every aspect of their day-to-day life, it's vital that we make our information as easy for customers to access as possible, both through our own services and those of third parties and partners. This helps people make more informed choices and stimulates new products and services from the Capital's world-leading tech sector.”