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DOT launches new real-time mobile phone app

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 16, 2011 1:50 AM

RALEIGH -- As winter weather bears down on the state this year the N.C. Department of Transpor-tation is launching a new tool called NCDOT Mobile that provides current road conditions in real time straight to a person's cell phone.

"People expect instant information, and NCDOT Mobile gives it to them," NCDOT Communications Director Greer Beaty, said. "Now you don't need a computer to get road closure or traffic updates before you get behind the wheel."

NCDOT Mobile is a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type m.ncdot.gov into the browser on your smart phone. Then, bookmark it and save it to your phone's home screen for future reference.

Since it is web-based, NCDOT Mobile is designed to be compatible on a variety of smart phones, including the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

Key features include:

* Real-time traffic information that works with Google Maps and the phone's built-in GPS and wireless location services

* Searchable DMV office locations that also work with your phone's mapping capabilities

* Searchable rest area locations

* Ferry and Amtrak schedule information

* NCDOT Twitter messages

* NCDOT news.