Nokia transforms people into traffic reporters
That’s quite a drastic title, but it’s the essence of the experiment.
Nokia has partnered with UC Berkeley researchers, and invited 100 drivers to use a N95’s GPS and drive 10 miles (16km) near a highway in San Francisco, the N95s will report back to servers, which will produce data and a GPS feed for the devices to report if there is a traffic congestion, or even accidents. Many users might consider this as a hit against their privacy, but I don’t believe that the servers are in any way connected to CIA’s headquarters.
“Mobile device users control the service. If an individual does not want their device to transmit position data they turn off the feed from their GPS,” stated Quinn Jacobson, Research Leader at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto.
A problem with this Traffic Monitoring System in many countries would be data costs. If there was any way that the system could communicate with other devices through Wi-Fi or other free long range wireless technologies, the costs would decrease.
In the video, Bob Iannucci tells Erica Ogg from CNet News that Nokia dreams that one day, your phone could tell you that you should leave 15 minutes earlier because there is a traffic congestion on the road to the so called meeting. This is quite a great vision, which I’m looking forward to see. Many people are already experiencing part of this, Nokia Maps 2.0 has the RTTI implemented, go check at their blogs:
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~ by Meraj Chhaya on February 10, 2008.