INRIX partners with Volkswagen, improves traffic technology to cover 4 million miles in 37 countries

Most traffic technology out there does a fairly decent job of calculating the quickest route to your destination. But now INRIX, the Kirkland-based traffic data and technology company, is taking it to the next level. On Tuesday, the company is set to debut INRIX XD Traffic, a new service that INRIX says covers more roads with greater… Read More

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Glympse drives past 10M users, makes big international push

Seattle startup Glympse announced a key milestone this morning, touting that it now has more than 10 million people using the real-time location sharing application. The company, which is backed by Ignition Partners and Menlo Ventures, also announced a big international expansion with versions of the service for languages such as Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish…. Read More


Calculating congestion: Walk Score adds travel times for rush hour

Walk Score already told you about commute times, but the Seattle startup just added a new feature that takes traffic into account during rush hour commute. Based on data from traffic information providers, Walk Score now shows travel times that calculates traffic congestion for the 20,000 sites using Walk Score’s Neighborhood Map. Walk Score — best… Read More


INRIX reacts quickly to I-5 bridge collapse, says traffic delays minimal right now

One Seattle area tech company jumped into action shortly after a portion of Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Skagit River collapsed Thursday night. Within minutes, Kirkland-based INRIX had received notifications from the Washington Department of Transportation of the collapse and had put an operations team in place to update its traffic navigation apps and services…. Read More


INRIX names top 10 worst traffic cities, says increased gridlock indicates stronger economy

Traffic may be getting worse, but it’s a good indicator of a rebounding economy. That’s the latest from Kirkland-based traffic data company INRIX, which just released its sixth annual Traffic Scorecard Annual Report. The company found that after two years of declining traffic congestion, including a 22 percent decrease in 2012, gridlock is increasing through the first few… Read More


City of Seattle green lights study for new high-tech traffic signals

Sick and tired of being stuck in nasty Seattle traffic gridlock? Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn feels your pain, and today he announced that the city’s transportation department has inked a deal with transportation firm Transpo to conduct a study to implement a new adaptive traffic signal system in Seattle. That means traffic signals could intelligently respond to… Read More


Rumor alert: Is Apple looking to buy mobile traffic app Waze?

One of the more interesting tech rumors of the new year involves Waze, the heavily-funded Silicon Valley startup that specializes in mobile traffic data and easy-to-use navigation apps. Citing unnamed sources, TechCrunch is reporting that Apple, which experienced its share of mobile mapping missteps last year, is in the market to gobble up Waze (perhaps… Read More


Olympics traffic jams not as bad as feared, INRIX finds

Gearing up for the Summer Olympics in London, one of the concerns in London was about the traffic. But it turns out the situation isn’t as bad some feared. That’s the word from INRIX, the Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic information startup. The company ramped up its services for the Olympics to help athletes, fans, journalists, British… Read More


INRIX names ex-Blue Nile CEO to board, strengthens management team

INRIX is bolstering its board and management team as the Kirkland provider of traffic data continues to add new customers, and possibly positions for an initial public offering. The spin out of Microsoft Research today named former Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine  to the board, tapping a proven executive with public company experience. At Blue… Read More


BMW picks INRIX to help drivers maneuver through traffic gridlock

Earlier today, we told you about a new partnership that integrates the real-time location sharing information from Glympse into the dashboards of new vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. But Glympse isn’t the only Seattle tech upstart linking arms with a big German car company at the Telematics Detroit conference today. In other news from the show, Kirkland-based… Read More

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INRIX CEO Bryan Mistele on surviving 70 VC rejections

Bryan Mistele wants to eliminate one of society’s biggest issues — traffic. How’s he going to do it? Find out in this episode of Nextcast. Growing up, Bryan knew he wanted to run his own tech company. After spending time in high school working with electrical engineers, he wrote down a life goal: start and… Read More


Newsmakers 2011: Bryan Mistele guides Inrix on road to success

With Bryan Mistele at the wheel, Inrix was on the move in 2011. The Kirkland provider of real-time traffic information raised a $37 million venture round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, signed a multi-million dollar deal with Google and purchased its biggest European rival. The $60 million buyout of ITIS Holdings added $27 million… Read More


Geek of the Week: Ryan Peterson, traffic data guru

We’ve been tracking Ryan Peterson for many years, after a traffic jam inspired him to start TrafficGauge, a Seattle startup that marketed a dedicated traffic data device that gave drivers a real-time view of conditions on the road. This was long before smartphones made this type of thing an everyday capability. (TrafficGauge was acquired in… Read More

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Zillow doubles traffic, tops 25 million visitors in August

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has been pretty bullish about the online real estate company’s prospects, telling GeekWire recently that the housing downturn has accelerated the migration of advertising budgets for real estate professional from offline to online. Now, we are getting a closer look at just how well the company is doing, at least in terms… Read More photo

Inrix speeds ahead with buy of rival ITIS, looks to reduce global traffic congestion

Inrix, the provider of real-time traffic information, just got a lot bigger. The Kirkland company said that it has completed its acquisition of UK-based ITIS Holdings, which bolsters Inrix’s already fast-growing revenue base by $27 million and brings on board 155 new employees. Inrix announced its $60 million bid for ITIS late last month, just… Read More


Traffic tech company Inrix bids $60M for European rival

That didn’t take long. A few days after landing $37 million in venture capital financing, saying it planned to use the money to pursue acquisitions, Kirkland-based traffic data company Inrix today announced a $60 million bid to acquire traffic technology and data company ITIS Holdings, its primary competitor in Europe. Inrix, which specializes in real-time… Read More photo

Inrix scores $37 million from Kleiner Perkins and others, eyes initial public offering

No matter whether you live in Copenhagen, Chengdu or Cincinnati, everyone hates traffic jams. But that very painful aspect of commuter life represents a very big business. And Kirkland-based Inrix, which today is announcing $37 million in venture capital financing led by venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is poised… Read More