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Improving your commute

“Road traffic is a challenging societal problem, and with the increasing crowding of areas in and around cities, it is only becoming worse. With the proliferation of wireless connectivity, smartphones (think cheap embedded computers), it is now possible to continuously monitor urban areas using mobile sensors carried by people while they drive.
In this lecture, Hari Balakrishnan describes three challenges that need to be met in using data to help commuters—pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers—reduce the time (and fuel) spent stuck in traffic: 1) accurate modeling of traffic delays while conserving energy and protecting user privacy, 2) accurate predictions of future traffic conditions, and 3) “traffic-aware” routing to provide credible, time-sensitive routes to users” Read about it and watch the video at http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/746
 
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