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A NEW traffic app is helping drivers dodge roadworks and avoid traffic jams with real-time updates.

AddInsight broadcasts verbal messages to drivers in South Australia about approaching delays through a vehicle’s hands free systems and mobile phones.

The free app taps into more than 400 of Adelaide’s state-of-the-art Bluetooth receivers, which monitor the city’s road network in real-time.

It has been released at a time when the South Australian capital’s road network has been plagued with disruptions caused by major infrastructure improvements such as new freeways and building projects.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the unique traffic app would help shorten travel time.

“The AddInsight app is like having a personal navigator in your car, giving you information in advance about hazards or delays ahead, so you can avoid them by finding an alternative route,” he said.

“We are always looking for new ways to help motorists navigate their way around the city more quickly and conveniently, particularly when our record investment on infrastructure projects can lead to delays or changes to traffic conditions,” he said.

“Now they will be able to access this information without having to pull over to check their phones.”

AddInsight is the only app in the world that notifies drivers of traffic delays in real-time, making it a more accurate and reliable option.

Travel times determined using the information from the Bluetooth beacons are also broadcast on more than 47 electronic signs around metropolitan Adelaide to help motorists choose their fastest route.

The Bluetooth data allows traffic control centres to change traffic signals immediately in response to incidents, such as crashes.

Mullighan said there had already been interest from cities interstate and overseas including Melbourne, Auckland and Brisbane.

The State Government will showcase the app at this year’s 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne.

About 7000 delegates from around the world will attend the conference in October to discuss leading-edge global mobility solutions, connectivity and the future of transport across road, rail, sea and air.

The new app is available for free download at Apple and Android app stores.

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