Nokias To Report Traffic In California

Here’s a fun new project taking place in Berkeley, California. Students at the University of California at Berkeley will be participating in a project called the Mobile Century experiment to use cellphones to report current traffic conditions. About 100 students will be using Nokia N95s to drive a 10-mile stretch of the I-880 freeway between Fremont and Hayward, CA. Along the way, their GPS-enabled handsets will be reporting speed and location information to a base station wirelessly every 3 seconds. The information will be processed at the base station to determine traffic conditions along the freeway.

This is completely brilliant, using cellphones to report traffic. An interesting part of the report mentions that they’ll be using Nokia Next Generation Location Based Services Platform as part of this project. I wonder what else this platform is being tested for. In any case, if you’re a UC Berkeley student who’s hard up for cash and 21-years old, you can sign up and snag yourself US$250 and a free Bluetooth headset (for safe driving). A lucky 4 participants will get to keep their Nokia N95 handset, as well.

One reply on “Nokias To Report Traffic In California”

While vacationing in Finland (5 yrs ago) I heard a radio DJ asking people to leave their phones on so they could track weekend traffic through cell towers and pass it on to other drivers in case there were traffic jams or accidents, on the other hand, Finland and traffic jam is an oxymoron compared to Miami where we can barely do 20mph on 70mph highway.

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