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New App Rewards Smart Commuting Choices

By Maryland Today Staff

Commuters in the Washington, D.C., region looking to save time, money and fuel while earning rewards for planning trips can take advantage of a UMD-born app that’s launching today.

The incenTrip app recommends the best travel mode, departure time and route based on both real-time traffic prediction data and user personal preferences to help commuters avoid both day-to-day congestion and traffic jams caused by accidents, work zones, special events and adverse weather.

The app was developed by researchers in the university’s Maryland Transportation Institute in conjunction with Commuter Connections, a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. Technology development funding came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy.

With the app, commuters can earn rewards, including gift cards and cash, every time they plan trips to and from work, avoid traffic or use alternatives to drive-alone commuting, including carpooling, taking transit, walking or biking. The app provides a game-like environment in which users can meet customized weekly goals, win challenges and invite friends to participate.

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