Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We know where you all are!

Imagine a birds eye view of traffic across the Uk and not only can you see the congestion areas but you know the speed of all the vehicles. Now add information about the programmed journeys and directional flow of traffic and you can send everyone down the same rat runs and on. Its quite frightening and makes one wonder about privacy and the big brother world we are now entering!

Seriously, being able to see the flow and speed of traffic and plans of drivers is powerful information. TomTom has announced it is to work with Vodafone UK on developing such a new traffic information system. It will collect information from Vodafone on the location of mobile phones to provide real-time information on the speed and direction of cars travelling on all major roads across the UK.

The service is expected to launch in the first half of 2008, when further details will be made available. The system will also be available for road authorities and businesses, who may use it for dynamic traffic control management and improved fleet management.