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Assisted Driving with Google – Today and Tomorrow -


I have two people I visit often: My college friend lives near Poughkeepsie, NY; my girlfriend is in central New Jersey. Getting to Poughkeepsie is simple – there is one major route from my place in Connecticut, with two variations covering the last few miles. Trips to New Jersey can follow multiple routes, bridging the Hudson at various crossings. Driving conditions can vary with weather, traffic, construction, and the occasional accident.

I use Google Maps to guide me past stoppages and evaluate alternative paths. Fortunately, Google Maps always offers the shortest, most efficient route.

Or so I’m told.

Google Maps aggregates real-time data from GPS-enabled mobile phones to determine traffic patterns. This information overlays annotated road maps, allowing the software to suggest the shortest path between two points. The goal is to optimize travel time for Maps users. But suppose Google Maps lacked information about the recent traffic density on a particular stretch of...(continued)

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