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Mobile Millenium: Conducting Real-Life Traffic Experiments on You

Mobile Millenium: Conducting Real-Life Traffic Experiments on You

*with participation.

Sometime in February, Nokia and the University of California at Berkeley conducted a real-world traffic experiment using cars outfitted with Nokia N95s to see if GPS-enabled mobile phones could gather location data and pinpoint trafficky areas.

While the test was a success, little was heard about the project until this past week, when the Mobile Millenium project was launched. Essentially, it’s the same “experiment” as the one in San Fran, but on a much larger scale: instead of 100, the project calls for 10,000 mobile phones around the USA to measure traffic. It’s completely voluntary – all you need is the Java (ouch) application, an always-on data connection, and a mobile phone with an integrated GPS. And of course, the benefit in uploading your location data means you’ll get access to real-time traffic and incident reports for major highways in the USA.

Right now it’s a pilot program that’s expected to last 4-6 months. However, this could (hopefully) develop into something really, really awesome.

Some links that might be useful:

The Mobile Millenium Traffic Pilot Program
UC Berkeley Real-Time Traffic Monitor

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