They'll tell you where you can go...with a powerful new tool that crunches commutes!
Websites for commuters are nothing new, but researchers have developed an advanced system with a twist: in addition to tracking traffic congestion, the program crunches data from fourteen thousand sensors to decipher evolving rush-hour patterns and make slowdown predictions.
The end result is: beatthetraffic.com, a tool that tells commuters how long they can expect to sit in their cars -- which shortcuts will get them home faster that day -- even the best time to leave the home or office. The system is already available in select cities.
Andre Gueziec, lead researcher on this project, describes what he calls a "personalized traffic advisor."
"When users have set up their profiles and enter a few of the routes that matter to them, the system will automatically detect important issues such as the travel time, parking because of an accident, congestion, and we notify them on the cell phone through text messaging."
Researchers are now exploring ways to integrate this function with car navigation systems.
Maybe someday we can all be "easy riders." I'm Eric Phillips.
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