AMPANG JAYA, April 22 — The Selangor state government is in discussion with navigation application developer Waze to allow the road users to report potholes directly to municipal councils, according to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
He said the state government had approached Waze with an idea to allow users to report potholes from within the app, which can be monitored by local councils.
“We are discussing with Waze at the moment, on the possibility of using their application to strengthen our initiatives for smart solutions in Selangor,” he told reporters last night after an awards ceremony for outstanding servicemen of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
“And certainly there are many mechanisms that we could use within this application, so we are proposing to Waze if we can use the app for road users to report back to our local council if they find any potholes on the road while on the way to the office or to their homes.”
He said six municipal councils, namely of Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Kajang (MPKJ), Subang Jaya (MPSJ), Shah Alam (MBSA), Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) and Klang (MPK) will be involved with the project that may begin as early as the middle of this year.
He added that a key performance index needed to be set in the form of a minimum period of time, to ensure a speedy response.
“From the dashboard at the local council level, we can monitor closely, and with the exact location, because they are (providing) coordinates, the local council can rush to the location as soon as possible and try to resolve the problem, maybe within 72 hours,” he said.
“We are looking into the details of this agreement between Waze and the state government, and hopefully we can embark on this programme by middle of this year,” he added.