Mobile phones as pervasive traffic sensors
January 27th, 2009

(via Wired‘s Gadget Lab)

Nokia is experimenting with using GPS-enabled mobile phones to collect traffic information collaboratively, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion:

Nokia Research is offering free real time traffic information to users with GPS-enabled mobile devices.

The Mobile Millenium project, which Nokia is developing along with researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, will be available to people as part of a pilot project aimed at collecting and studying traffic data. Currently it covers the greater Bay Area in California; users can download the software for free starting midnight Monday.

“Traffic is very common problem anywhere in the world and it affects issues such as energy consumption and carbon footprint,” says Henry Tirri, vice president and head of Nokia Research Center. “We want to show what you can do with pervasive sensing of the environment through millions of phones that people carry every day.”

Nokia says it believes a community of users with GPS-equipped mobile devices can help reduce traffic by enabling drivers to make better decisions.

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