Severe weather, road hazards and accidents can considerably add to the travel times of every driver passing through the same route. Although many newer GPS devices are equipped with traffic information, these devices simply aren’t ubiquitous — or often accurate — enough to make a significant dent in congestion created by these kinds of incidents.
Cell phones, computers, and tablet devices are already capable of sending and receiving data. So why not cars as well?
Individual cars could essentially act as data points on a network. These kinds of networks could have immediate benefits to drivers, who would be quickly rerouted in the event of a congestion-inducing incident before traffic can build to the point of adding significant delays. These data can also help consumers decide whether driving really is the best option on a given day or if public transportation offers a more efficient means of conveyance.
In the long term, daily commuter information, traffic patterns and incident reports can be used to help transportation officials and city planners determine future roadworks and safety projects.