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About Traffic APIs
For drivers in major metropolitan centers, traffic is always a concern. A traffic jam can turn a 10-minute commute into an hour-long crawl. Access to real-time traffic information helps people make informed decisions about which route they should take home. When a map and direction application looks for traffic data, it connects with a traffic API.
What is a traffic API?
An API is an online data structure that connects applications with information on servers. APIs dedicated to traffic receive location data and return traffic conditions in that area. The information on this resource may include updates about traffic speeds, construction, and other highway incidents.
How do traffic-reporting APIs work?
In the era of big data, a connected car or user’s phone is constantly reporting location information. Traffic platforms analyze this information and log the results on their APIs. A user’s application sends a GET request that includes a location. The API returns traffic data in JSON or XML format.
What sort of applications might use traffic APIs?
The most common applications that use this API are mapping resources that include a traffic layer. However, traffic patterns affect more than individual commuters. A logistics company might use traffic data to help drivers plan a better route and make time-sensitive deliveries. Traffic information also plays a part in tracking pollution in the local environment.
Why is traffic information important?
Real-time traffic information helps people every day. When drivers have a better sense of the length of their journey, they will arrive promptly for appointments. On-time arrivals make many enterprises more efficient. For city planning purposes, learning traffic patterns will help planners make better decisions about scheduling construction projects.
What can a developer expect from traffic APIs?
APIs like the Google Maps API offer up-to-date information about traffic conditions around the world. They can supply data about traffic incidents and project travel times between two points. Most of these APIs interpret current conditions, so the API updates its information frequently.
Are there free traffic-related APIs?
APIs that track traffic conditions must deal with large numbers of requests every day. The platforms that support them will charge a fee for commercial software that reaches out frequently. Many APIs offer free plans so that developers can test new software. The TomTom Traffic API allows 2500 requests each day at no cost. APIs like the Matrix Route Planner and the Traffic Incident Report also offer freemium plans.
Best Traffic APIs
- ABSBX Flight Sim Traffic
- Idealspot Geodata
- IPQ Proxy Detection and Email Verification
Traffic API SDKs
All Traffic APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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