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Indonesia transport agency strikes Google Maps partnership ahead of Asian Games

The Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ), part of Indonesia’s transport ministry, has partnered Google to launch a special feature on its Google Maps platform. The move was done ahead of the upcoming Asian Games.

According to BPTJ head Bambang Prihartono, said that this feature comes on the back of incoming stricter traffic rules in accordance with the Asian Games. This is to ensure athletes competing in the Games would be able to arrive at the venues on time.

The special feature looks to aid drivers navigate the streets as Jakarta’s “odd-even” traffic policy comes into effect, restricting some roads for motorists making their commute. This will help users identify the “free” roads to help them in their journey.

“Google Maps is working closely with wide range of sources, including third-party providers, public sources and user contributions. Overall, this provides a very comprehensive and up-to-date map experience,” Jason Tedjasukmana, head of communications, Google, Indonesia, said in a statement.

Currently, the “odd-even” traffic policy allows cars to enter certain areas depending on their numbered license plates. For example, odd-numbered license plates are able to enter on odd-numbered dates, while even-numbered plates enter on even-numbered dates. As such, the new feature looks to provide designated routes in accordance to its license plates.

Previously, the policy was only implemented on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin, but now it is impacting 10 major roads from 6:00 am to 9:00pm daily.

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