A German Artificial Intelligence lab is working on a travel information network that will use on board navigation to alert drivers to trouble down the road. Working in real time the system would alert drivers just a few minutes down the road to dangers ahead. As autos get smarter and transportation info networks evolve we should see a lot of benefits. Traffic congestion could be reduced substantially in metro areas simply by providing “early warning” to commuters via websites and alternative routing using on board navigation systems. Rural problems tend to arise from weather problems and this type of information is already flowing online, though it’ll really be useful when drivers can easily access this information from their cars. An example is Oregon’s TripCheck website which displays road cams and conditions information and Yahoo’s integration of mapping and traffic information for some metro areas.
SmartKom Website (warning – this odd site is NOT the way to write for a non-technical audience, or even for a technical one?)