Mobiles used in traffic map program

New software that turns mobile phones into a network of traffic-jam trackers could be used to ease congestion in busy areas, according to a report.

Scientists from University of California (UC) in the US have worked with experts at Finnish telecommunications firm Nokia to develop software that creates traffic maps by collecting GPS data from mobile phones in moving vehicles.

A report in the New Scientist says these traffic maps can be accessed through the internet or sent to mobiles to provide local traffic analysis. The software would be free to download from the internet.

Professor Alex Bayen at UC said that if enough people download the free software, the system should help relieve congestion, even on small inner-city roads.

Prof Bayen claimed that the software is not open to abuse as it would be impossible to track individual cars.

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