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Today I ran a long yellow light at a turn, only to stop a half block further at a solid red. Now if I'd been able to anticipate, ie by observing the traffic flow or through direct line of sight, that I'd have to stop in 10 more seconds, I wouldn't have driven through the almost red turn signal. I'd have
waited at the first red light, then gone through the next two intersections in the same green light cycle. Ok. So another example. Do you ever speed on the highway, pass a "slow" driver, only to see them right behind you as you're stopped at a red light on your exit ramp. You might think, "why the fck did I drive so fast if that slow mfer is here at the same time". But I think you do it because, when you're in a hurry, sometimes you do catch that green or yellow light that would've turned red for you if you were the slower driver. And then you make it to work on time. So why not have a sat nav that can tell you what color the nearby lights are, and how much longer they'll stay that color. I believe they're already satnavs that can display live traffic data, but why not inform people about what time delays are definitely upcoming, so they can make more efficient and hopefully safer decisions when driving.
||I'd have thought that this will soon be baked, or is
halfway there already. Scraping information from
Smartphones is already going on, pulling data from a
sample of drivers around a city will allow your nav
software to build a picture of the traffic flow/light
timings and so on. Then it simply has to direct you
down the best route. A small add on may be able to
eek out an advantage: "take the next left, or, floor it
on this street, average 43mph or above and you'll
make that sweet green light on Broad"
||This sort of thing is a "cost add-on" on NAVIGON
smartphone navigation, on Android.
||So how do I opt out of having the spotlights in the area detect the GPS coordinates of my phone, lighting me up all the time?
||Oh, *stop*lights. Sorry. As you were.
||I think the whole thing could be turned completely the
other way around...
||Everyone inputs their destination, and self-perceived
driving style. A central computer works out the best
routing and traffic light timing.
||Over time, the real driving style could be read from
||I notice that a number of the satnav ideas on the 'bakery
have to do with things featured heavily in urban environs.
Could it be that GPS satnav is just a big conspiracy
designed to distract city-dwellers from how terrible the
traffic is, thus preventing them from precipitating a global
economic pandemic by selling their cars and riding the bus