DriveBC Tech

A look at the ministry’s most popular website, DriveBC and the technology we use to keep you safe and moving. .

The Next Step: Our Focus on User Friendliness

Our previous blog, “So, What do you Think? Helping us Serve you Better Online” explains how we’re undertaking a research project to improve Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure websites for you. The big focus is how well our online services work and the experience you have when you visit our websites. Well, we’re happy to report that the first set of data is being organized. After collecting your feedback from surveys, phone interviews, web analytics, emails and interviews, and...

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So, What Do You Think? Helping Us Serve You Better Online

So, What Do You Think? Helping Us Serve You Better Online

We, (the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) are undertaking a research project to improve online services and the experience of visiting our websites. And we hope you can help us. Using surveys, phone interviews, web analytics and your email feedback, we have been pulling together a clearer picture of how you use our online services, and where we can improve it. It’s all part of the Province’s strategy to put citizens at the centre of service delivery, improve...

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1, 2, 3 Ways We’re Helping Cut Down on Wire Theft

Wire cutting in B.C.

Wire theft has been an increasing problem in recent years, as the price of copper has gone up. This kind of theft costs the people of B.C. millions of dollars a year, but most importantly, it impacts their safety. Wire thieves often target roadside lamps standards, usually around major bridges and interchanges. When the sun goes down, drivers can quickly find themselves in the dark, which can create a safety hazard. And it’s not just motorists who can get...

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Highway 97: Deer Dazzle for Safety

Most people in B.C. are familiar with the “leaping deer” depicted on provincial highway signs. But people travelling on Highway 97 south of Williams Lake and Quesnel may see deer signs with extra dazzle being tested in a pilot project by the ministry. Here, solar-powered LED lights that flash around the perimeter of six signs, are expected to make drivers extra aware that they are travelling through a stretch that’s highly popular with deer. The signs alert northbound and...

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Picking BC HighwayCams: Our Top 5 Deciding Factors Include You

Picking BC HighwayCams: Our Top 5 Deciding Factors Include You

Since launching DriveBC in 2005, BC HighwayCams have quickly become the website’s most popular resource for catching up to the minute road conditions. Their fast rising popularity demonstrated there’s a big desire to “know before you go,” whether you’re a commercial driver carrying an important load or a passenger with a checklist of roadside attractions. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure listened to your feedback and responded by covering more ground. We’re still listening. For the next few weeks,...

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“Smart” Signs Shine for Safety

“Smart” Signs Shine for Safety

New intelligent transportation systems have recently landed on B.C. highways. While these might sound like extra-terrestrial time-travelling devices, they are actually human-created combinations of advanced and emerging technologies like computers, electronic sensors and communication devices. We’re using them in the ministry to save lives, time, money and energy, and protect the environment. Sensing Slippery Conditions What makes these systems so smart is that they can automatically warn motorists, about conditions in areas that might require extra care to drive....

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High-Speed Inertial Profilers: A Fast Take on a Smooth Ride

High-Speed Inertial Profilers: A Fast Take on a Smooth Ride

You’re driving down the highway on a section of fresh pavement, and what a difference that new asphalt makes! You can feel your car is handling better, and the ride is smoother. But do you know how much smoother? We do, because we use a machine called a high-speed inertial profiler to calculate smoothness. And these machines are just as impressive as they sound. They mount directly onto a vehicle. They’re so great they don’t even need to be...

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6 New Ways DriveBC Helps You Know Before You Go

Latest Travel Information for BC Highways

How do you take a great thing like DriveBC and make it even better? That was the question we asked ourselves, and the results of our challenge are in. You already know DriveBC provides you with up to the minute information on road conditions, closures, travel advisories and weather, but did you know it now includes features such as “Replay the Day” and “Report a Highway Problem”? We are proud to announce the arrival of six new features to...

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