The Potential of Intelligent Transportation

This post from <em>Wired</em>'s <em>Autopia</em> blog looks at the history and potential of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).
February 23, 2010, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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Smart communication tools and RFID chips have the potential to dramatically reshape the way people interact with city transportation systems.

"This future of transportation will be based around smart phones, mobile navigation systems and other common gadgets and will drastically change how we navigate and interact with cities.

The idea of ITS, at its most basic, is to connect every vehicle in a network of transportation users that instantly tracks and shares information. Ideally, everyone will be able to quickly determine where the accidents and tie-ups are and what routes can be taken to avoid them. What this means for the average commuter is quicker drive times by the way of more efficient traffic patterns and planned out routes created for you in real time.

Of course, transportation planners have been promising us this for the better part of two decades."

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Published on Friday, February 19, 2010 in Wired
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