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Amsterdam traffic controllers offer commuters personalised route advice

Loek Essers | Jan. 7, 2015
With the app, commuters will be able to hand pick several routes between home and work to avoid traffic jams.

However, the people behind ADAM believe that daily commuters are not interested in one alternative route that might take them through several backroads or residential areas. Those routes often look like the quickest alternative but could turn out to be less than ideal in real life, Potgraven said.

Within the app, users can also check out live images from traffic cams that are plotted on a Google Map. Moreover, traffic control can also communicate with users, alerting them to how long it will take before a traffic jam will dissolve.

People can also report issues to traffic control. If there is, for example, a cow on the road a driver can send an audio message along with their GPS location to traffic control, Potgraven said, adding that those messages will first be moderated before they reach traffic control to filter out irrelevant messages.

When the test is completed, the project will be evaluated and could be rolled out to other places in the Netherlands.


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