Almost 5 years ago, I built an app that put every NC DOT traffic camera in your hand. At that time, there was no such thing as looking up traffic conditions in Google Maps. I was also in the early days of being a professional Android developer and used this app as a way to learn the ins and outs of building, marketing, and publishing an app on Google Play.
Today, the app is still used by a handful of users, but I noticed it’s usage is very seasonal. People were using NC Traffic Cams (the name at the time) to check not only traffic congestion, but road and travel conditions. It did not surprise me to see spikes in usage around snow storms, tropical storms, or hurricanes. Things have stalled in recent years, but I am revisiting this app in hopes of building a really cool app and platform to view images from traffic cameras. The first step of this starts today. I’m re-launching NC Traffic Cams as simply, Traffcams.
Traffcams has been completely rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up. It is built on modern technology and given a more modern design. Traffcams contains all of the same features people came to love, plus a few more:
- View cameras around you using your location
- View cameras on a map
- Favorite cameras for easy access
- Search for traffic cameras by city, street, highway, or interstate name
- Pin your searches for easy access
Traffcams is launching with traffic camera data availability for North Carolina. I hope to quickly add support for other states as soon as I can. You can get Traffcams, for free, on Google Play today.
I have a roadmap of features to implement that are going to be really useful for commuters. As with all side projects I work, Traffcams will allow me to learn new patterns and technologies for mobile development and really dive into using machine and deep learning.