These days, seven-day weather forecasts are as common as
rain in Seattle. With a new computerized tool, seven-day traffic forecasts
could soon become just as common.
The system, called Beat-the-Traffic, went live on
KXTV-Channel 10 in Sacramento on June 29.
According to NewScientist.com, the system combines real-time
traffic density and speed with historical trends on major routes. The
information is gathered by live sensors and can be turned into a 3-D map that
shows traffic patterns in a given area.
The system also takes into account traffic-related weather
conditions, road incident alerts, ongoing construction and even some
high-traffic events such as sporting events.
Triangle Software of Campbell, CA, the manufacturer of the
system, plans to roll out the system in 19 major cities over the next few
months. Planned cities include San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta.