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A brief history of Driver Information

Penny H Penny H
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Posted: 08/16/13
02:59 AM

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A brief history of Driver Information

Despite the first traffic lights being installed in London, England in 1868 it wasn’t until the  1970’s, after the introduction of several technological advances and a substantial increase in car density, that radio stations in American cities started to produce traffic reports by monitoring police radios. Into the 1980’s and 90’s traffic reporting companies emerged to sell their services to smaller radio stations who couldn’t afford a full time traffic reporter or a helicopter to watch from the skies. As countries introduced roadside cameras for their police services, radio stations were able to purchase feeds from these cameras, thereby adding much needed funds to police highway monitoring systems. However, these systems required the user to listen to a specific radio station for their traffic reports, not particularly efficient when listening to another station outside the area the driver is passing through, so in 1990s the Radio Data System (RDS) was published in the European and North American radio standards thereby paving the way for RDS systems to be implemented in car radios. By pressing the RDS button on a car radio, the stereo system would automatically retune itself when the nearest traffic announcement was broadcast, thereby giving drivers the most up-to-date traffic information.

But is this enough? Traffic congestion is increasing and drivers want more up-to-the-minute information before they arrive at the jam or bottleneck. With this in mind GPS manufacturers are introducing live traffic systems to their devices. These systems broadcast the speed of users of the GPS to a central database where other users receive this information and can see real time average speeds of roads when they plan their route on the GPS. If the average speed drops below a certain level the GPS will automatically reroute the driver so they can arrive at their destination on time. Through the use of specific websites drivers are also able to plan their routes in advance and see accidents and roadwork’s but these require access to a computer...

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