DriveBC Tech

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

Why Would a Highwaycam Go Down during a Traffic Incident?

We receive a lot of questions about our highwaycams. We’ve talked about some of the more popular ones in You Asked: The Top Five DriveBC WebCam Questions. But lately there’s been another question that’s come up: why do highwaycams go down when there’s been a traffic incident nearby? Just to be clear, highway cams don’t always go down when there’s been an incident, and if they do, you can be sure we’re working to get them back up and...

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Learn How Now: The Metro Vancouver Traffic Map on DriveBC

Do you travel in the Metro Vancouver area? If so, there’s a great new DriveBC feature you need to know about called the Metro Vancouver Traffic Flow map. You’ll find it by clicking on the picture of the map on the DriveBC homepage, or by clicking the Map View tab near the top of the screen, and then clicking the last option in the map legend that appears on the right-hand side of the screen. You’ll see a colour-coded...

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Touring DriveBC: How to Use the Map

Are you a visual learner? Some of us here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sure are. One of the best ways to discover conditions along your B.C. highways route is to use DriveBC’s map view feature. The map allows you to view location specific highway information represented by various icons, including:   Road Conditions Incidents Current Planned Events Future Planned Events Dynamic Message Signs Webcams Weather Forecasts Current Weather High Elevation Weather Inland Ferries   To help...

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4 B.C. Permit Centre Upgrades Keep Truckers Moving

4 B.C. Permit Centre Upgrades Keep Truckers Moving

The commercial transport industry moves goods and services throughout B.C.’s more than 91,000 lane kilometres of provincial highway, so when industry folks asked for service improvements at the Provincial Permit Centre we listened and did something about it. We’ve made three upgrades to the centre’s toll-free line, and set up a new way to reach us, to help our “on- the-move” clients. Requesting permits and information is now easier, and more efficient and flexible. Together, these improvements add up...

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Road Safety Advice – 66 Characters at a Time

Short, succinct and speaking to you in 66 characters or less, our dynamic message signs have a lot to say about safety. WHAT are dynamic message signs? You’ve likely noticed our big message signs overhead, and you may have seen them pictured on the DriveBC map. We call them “dynamic,” because their electronic messages change to help you stay safe and informed on the road – using two lines (or three lines on our biggest signs) of up to...

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Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

Webcams, changeable message signs, weather stations, counter-flow lanes…. Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed that they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) …nice! We’re also willing to bet you work in the transportation field, because the truth is, it’s not something that gets a lot of attention these days. Until now. So, what is ITS you ask? It’s the application of advanced and emerging technologies (computers, electronic sensors and communication devices) in transportation to save...

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Plan Your Route – Your Road Trip Buddy for All Seasons

Planning your last B.C. road adventure for the summer season? Well, DriveBC has a helper to guide you through your Labour Day weekend travels and throughout the entire year. Whether you’re travelling from Ladner to Whistler or Stewart to Cranbrook, DriveBC’s Plan Your Route feature is with you for the long haul. Plan Your Route answers most typical road travel questions. For example, How much longer ’til we get there?…Why are we stopped?…Should I pack a raincoat?… All you...

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A Cheat Sheet for BC Provincial Rest Areas

BC Rest Area Map

One of the best ways to see BC is by hitting the road. (Who doesn’t love yelling “Road Trip!”?) I remember moving from Smithers to Merritt, packing up all my belongings and hitting the Highway 16, turning right down Highway 97 until I drove into the Thompson-Nicola area. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous in mid-August, with some great stops along the way, but the breaks that really made the trip worthwhile were the rest areas. Whether you’re travelling for...

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Learn to Use BC HighwayCams Like a Pro in 3 Minutes

You don’t have to be the “Webcam Guy” to be a DriveBC webcams expert. You can get the big picture and scan B.C. highways with ease, all with a little help from your friends here at TranBC. To launch our Touring DriveBC tutorial series, we put together a video that guides you step by step through the features available for viewing more than 360 webcam views across the province.                    ...

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How to Know Before You Go in Metro Vancouver

DriveBC Metro Vancouver

Hopefully you’ve found DriveBC to be a pretty useful tool when planning your trips around British Columbia. Road trips, work trips, transporting goods trips, camping trips, emergency trips…there’s a lot of different reasons we hit the road and we want to make sure you’re as informed as possible before you leave home or head home. We’ve now just added a bit more info to help you know before you go in Metro Vancouver. In real-time. Working with Translink, we’ve...

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