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Web Based Traffic and Road Condition Reporting and Mapping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014900D
Original Publication Date: 2001-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Driving directions from the web do not contain traffic or road work information, and they do not create alternate routes for high traffic areas/times. The invention described below uses a reporting system which uses DOT road work assignments, traffic reports, traffic patterns and weather to determine the best route for a person to take. When a person logs onto the website, he enters a starting and ending position into the mapping software. The web sites takes into account current conditions, traffic reports, report traffic flows, road construction, weather, and traffic demographics to give directions to the end location. The website can offer a standard route, regardless of conditions, or the user can receive a suggested route for any of the above conditions. High volume or slow areas can be given in red. Lighter flow areas in green, areas of high traffic, low speed, or road construction could be symbolically added too.

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Web Based Traffic and Road Condition Reporting and Mapping

    Driving directions from the web do not contain traffic or road work information, and they do not create alternate routes for high traffic areas/times. The invention described below uses a reporting system which uses DOT road work assignments, traffic reports, traffic patterns and weather to determine the best route for a person to take. When a person logs onto the website, he enters a starting and ending position into the mapping software. The web sites takes into account current conditions, traffic reports, report traffic flows, road construction, weather, and traffic demographics to give directions to the end location. The website can offer a standard route, regardless of conditions, or the user can receive a suggested route for any of the above conditions. High volume or slow areas can be given in red. Lighter flow areas in green, areas of high traffic, low speed, or road construction could be symbolically added too.

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