Can you guess who they will blame any crashes on?
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 08:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Clearflow is a new online service at Live.com that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams. Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets. The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know. That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway. Read on at Slashdot if you trust Microsoft to tell you where to go.
"Microsoft announced plans to introduce a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software
models to help users avoid traffic jams. The system is intended to reflect the complex traffic interactions that occur
as traffic backs up on freeways and spills over onto city streets and will be freely available as part of the company's
Live.com site for 72 cities in the US. Microsoft researchers designed algorithms that modeled traffic behavior by
collecting trip data from Microsoft employees who volunteered to carry GPS units in their cars. In the end they were
able to build a model for predicting traffic based on four years of data, effectively creating individual
'personalities' for over 800,000 road segments in the Seattle region. In all the system tracks about 60 million road
segments in the US."
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