Cab drivers know their cities intimately, using shortcuts and side streets to bypass traffic jams and (hopefully) get you to your destination more quickly. Now Microsoft is hoping to tap into this talent and design better driving directions for online maps.
A new Web site and smartphone app connect license plates with an e-mail address, allowing businesses to track customers, drivers to connect with each other, and road rage to reach new heights. In doing so, Bump.com, which launched this week, throws open the doors of one of this country's last private places: Your car.
The site aims to bring social media connectivity to the road, even for cars that don't come with Wi-Fi. "We're right next to each other on the highway, but we have no way to communicate, connect, and network," as Bump's Web site explains.
A system of self-organizing traffic lights could reduce congestion, according to European researchers. The key is allowing lights to switch from green to red in a decentralized, chaotic way, instead of following a regular programmed pattern.
Texas is known for its wide open spaces and a certain enthusiasm among its citizens for traversing them by automobile. So it's appropriate that IBM and the Department of Transportation are planning an upgrade for car culture in the Lone Star State. Texas will serve as the test bed for several IBM telematics transportation technologies aimed at easing congestion, reducing accidents, and making painful commutes a thing of the past.
Humans make terrible drivers. Research shows we’re panic-prone, unpredictable and slow to react behind the wheel. Now a new breed of robot cars promises to eliminate human error for safer roads, less traffic and major fuel savings
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 04.11.2010 at 1:07 pm 0 Comments
Step One: Prove Robot Cars Can Handle the Worst
This fall, a driverless Audi TTS will attempt to race up Pikes Peak. If a robot can ace this harrowing mountain run, your daily commute could be next
When an Audi TTS roars to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado later this year, it will rumble over 12.4 dusty miles, navigating 156 hairpin turns at up to 90 mph, a speed only a pro racer would attempt. Yet Audi won’t have to hire one: The TTS will make the perilous ascent without a human at the wheel.
Scientists find there is a cause to those seemingly-impossible traffic jams gets
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.01.2008 at 4:07 pm 11 Comments
The only thing more frustrating than creeping your way toward the site of a bottleneck on the highway only to discover the accident is on the other side of the median are the times when you make it through and discover, as far as you can tell, nothing was holding up the traffic. Japanese researchers have now demonstrated that the "nothing" may in fact be the traffic crossing a threshold of density of cars on the road. Too many cars means that small slow downs by a few drivers equals up to big backups miles away.
Fear not, Beantown commuters, Big Brother is watching: How the Big Dig's high-tech brain dashes gridlock.
By Mike RosenwaldPosted 09.03.2003 at 4:36 pm 0 Comments
It's 8:30 a.m., late rush hour, and Jim Murphy has a multibillion-dollar set of new tunnels beneath downtown Boston at his fingertips. So far things have been quiet, but should traffic get gnarly, as it so often does in this city of six-hour gridlocks, his console will automatically display the problem areas. Then he'll have some options: Zoom in on the jam through closed-circuit cameras; direct traffic with variable message boards; and, if things take a turn for the worse, override local radio frequencies.