ITD’s 511 app gets new features

The Idaho Traveler Services 511 smart-phone application has received several major upgrades, including a new hands-free option, the Idaho Transportation Department announced Monday

ITD’s free 511 App for smart phones and tablet devices is a recent addition to the department’s 511 Traveler Information system that puts up-to-the-minute information about the condition of Idaho highways.

The new “TellMe” version of the 511 App will replace the current version available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. It will still have all the capabilities of the current version, explained Tony Ernest, ITD’s traveler services coordinator.

“People can run the new 511 App as they drive down the highway in their vehicle, and get hands-free, eyes-free updates about events on the roadway ahead of them,” said Tony Ernest, ITD's traveler services coordinator. “The app will verbally alert motorists to accidents, roadwork or other incidents going on around them within a five-mile radius when they first start it up. Then, the app will tell them about incidents occurring in a cone ahead of them, as they travel down the highway.”

Another upgrade to the application makes information from Idaho’s Road Weather Stations appear as a new display layer.

A specialized version for truckers will be available too, with information tailored for commercial vehicles.

The 511 application for smart phones and tablets has been downloaded more than 18,700 times since it was launched last year, ITD reports.

The updated 511 App may be downloaded now for Android devices and soon for Apple devices.