Cellphone, GPS data suggest new strategy for alleviating traffic tie-ups

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:01 in Mathematics & Economics

Researchers from MIT and UC Berkeley tracked traffic in Boston and San Francisco with cell tower and GPS data and analyzed bottlenecks. Their computer analysis suggested a possible strategy for relieving traffic tie-ups: instead of asking all drivers to reduce their driving during commute hours, target those communities whose drivers contribute most to congestion.

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