Cell Phone Tracking System Reveals How Traffic Jams Start
Mobile phones have made changes to our driving habits by including more distractions. With GPS service on our smartphone, we can collect real-time info on traffic jams and get to our destination easily.
Smartphones, nowadays, can help reduce traffic jams. Officials can do this by tracking smartphone GPS data and records. This will help them identify the exact causes of traffic jams.
In Boston, for example, it was discovered that a few drivers are causing traffic jams in certain areas, theGlobe noted. During rush hours, 98% of roads have low traffic, while only 2$ of roads have high traffic.
Though the data will not provide an overnight solution to the traffic jams, it can help city management and other officials to reduce traffic jams.
The study revealed that delaying or postponing the trips of just 1% of drivers on a road network can reduce delays occasioned by traffic jams in certain areas, MIT stated.
The crux of the matter is that by tracking mobile phones it is possible to change the habits of a small segment of drivers in specific areas in order to reduce traffic jams and smoothen the traffic in Boston. The same technique can be applied to resolve traffic jam problems in any state around the world.