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Will Traffic Information Rescue Our Clogged up Roads?


Article by: robert
Date: 6 Jul 2010

pocketgpsworld.comAccording to technology analyst ABI Research's latest study, traffic information holds on to its position as the most important value added feature of navigation services.

ABI also predicts that worldwide users of traffic information will grow from 57 million in 2010 to more than 370 million in 2015.

The recent huge increase in handset navigation, brought on by free availability, results in more readily available GPS user statistics. This allows for better insight of historic traffic data. In turn this will increase the future accuracy of navigation information such as predicted fastest routes and estimated times of arrival.

Will the sheer weight of traffic information users eventually reduce the sheer weight of traffic on our roads? Faster journeys that result in the percentage of time a vehicle is on the road will surely mean our clogged up cities will soon run a little smoother.
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Posted by Border_Collie on Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:07 pm Reply with quote

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Will the sheer weight of traffic information users eventually reduce the sheer weight of traffic on our roads?

Can't see it myself, it will only move it to another route and ease the road which was congested, the new route will become congested, 'technology' will then move the traffic from the new route back to the original route which has now become less congested.


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Posted by JockTamsonsBairn on Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:35 pm Reply with quote

Lost_Property Wrote:
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Will the sheer weight of traffic information users eventually reduce the sheer weight of traffic on our roads?

Can't see it myself, it will only move it to another route and ease the road which was congested, the new route will become congested, 'technology' will then move the traffic from the new route back to the original route which has now become less congested.
I can see a situation where an intelligent system would "spread" the traffic over all available routes. Unless the area was completely gridlocked, each driver would perceive less delays, although whether their journey was actually any quicker is a different matter. Taking a rat-run through a housing estate, allowing for speed bumps & 20MPH limits, seems faster if you aren't stuck behind other vehicles, until you try to rejoin a main road. Weight of traffic may well stop you getting onto the main road, for a longer period of time, than if you had stayed with the main road in the first place!


Jock

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Posted by NickG on Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:04 pm Reply with quote

I think we need more competition in this area. The only traffic system that even vaguely works is TomTom's HD traffic. However that has quite a few issues such as being very slow to get the first lot of data (by which time you're already committed to a certain route) and not covering more minor roads (which often accumulate traffic when the adjacent road has problems). If TomTom could improve HD traffic by making the device download the local data (surrounding 5-10 miles) first before worrying about the rest of the country it would be more useful. They should also partner with more phone networks so that there's more data for the more minor roads (and areas where Vodafone coverage is particularly poor, such as the New Forest.


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