• Aug 13th 2006 at 11:53AM
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The ability to foresee the state of freeway traffic in real-time (as opposed to snapshots of traffic conditions) seems to be the up-and-coming technology for high end iron. Both Acura and, recently, Cadillac have bundled such systems with their navigation packages, which gather their data via streaming traffic reports from detectors and cameras.
IntelliOne Technologies is currently testing 'Need4Speed,' a real-time traffic monitoring system that can gather data by tracking the movements of mobile phone users within their cars. The company is creatively using the phone's constant communication with cell towers to provide up-to-the-second traffic conditions.

According to the company, Need4Speed is more accurate than current systems, refreshing every second and proving to be accurate within 3 miles. When asked about possible privacy issues, IntelliOne states that any personal ID's from the phones are removed from its system.

An innovative way to track traffic? Or a violation or privacy? Comments are open.

[Source: Fox News]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      So, did you guys ever find a good editor? Because, y'know, he/she missed something pretty basic here."

      no they found one, it's jar jar binks
      • 9 Years Ago
      How about a violation of copyright. Isn't "Need 4 Speed" a copyright of Electronic Arts?

      So after years of berating drivers talking on cellphones, now we are going to encourage people to be fiddling with a cellphone app on a 2 inch screen while in heavy traffic? No thanks.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Patriot Act. Now there's a violation of privacy. Big Brother is watching, reading, listening, etc.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Google already has a (free) application that you can download to your mobile phone. You'll need to have internet access but it works well considering the cost. You can also use its standard mapping features.

      Find it at: http://www.google.com/gmm
      • 9 Years Ago
      So, did you guys ever find a good editor? Because, y'know, he/she missed something pretty basic here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've been getting up-to-date traffic reports electronically for decades. It's called AM radio!
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 9 Years Ago
      IntelliOne will feed AM Radio data that is uniquely relevant to current traffic conditions-current within 3 seconds

      The technology doesn't strip individual ID information, the information is gathered via probe in the network switch after any personal information has been stripped from the information flow.

      This system works anywhere there is a cell phone network.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think this is great. As long as they don't charge to much for the service. In fact the city should have it free for all drivers. This way a lot of people can avoid back up's and maybe traffic problems won't be so many.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow ! That's a cool feature. In Japan many of the Car Navigation systems have a built in traffic report which guide the driver alternate paths in the case traffic jams. Most drivers also rely on the radio messages. Recently some mobile phones in Japan have navigational facilities too, but none of the mobile makers have come up with the traffic reports here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      TrafficGauge sell a handheld devices that delivers traffic flow data to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. A downloadable PC application is also availalbe for about a dozen other cities. See www.trafficgauge.com. IntelliOne data will be great for these types of applications. TrafficGauge users save about 8 hours a month by outsmarting traffic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      They started this program like 2 years ago in Ottawa, Canada.

      @ Nathan Sweeney, according uspto.gov the need4speed name was trademarked by a Woodinville, Washington company A.K.A. Electronic Arts, in 2000 but was abandoned on March 8 2001, so i dont think there is a patent violation
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