IBM wants to Kick Out The Jams with predictive software

IBM, King of the Roads, has announced that it is working on and testing predictive software which will help motorists avoid traffic jams.

Unlike the old fashioned radio traffic report, the software will sit on smartphones and will “ultimately help drivers around the world” dodge dodgy traffic. Which is interesting because IBM famously screwed up its congestion charge software in London, crashing and overcharging motorists

We’re sure all the glitches have been ironed out now though. Anyway, traffic is something close to IBM’s heart, recently-ish releasing a statement about what it thinks are the world’s most congested roads and congratulating itself over the wonderful job it did in London – nothing to do with management software it offers we’re sure. 

The pilot scheme will have smartphones with their location-sensing switched on to track where they drive, and when. That’ll be sent up into the Clown / Cloud which will think about different travel patterns. The patterns will be compared to roadway censor data which is used for online traffic maps – and eventually it will have an idea of how likely jams will be in certain spots.

Later it will make personalised predictions, says AFP, about when a driver is about to get stuck. 

Employees in San Francisco and Silicon Valley have been esting the software for about five months, however IBM is keen to roll the system out worldwide when it has been perfected. It could also be used in other public transit systems like the bus or the train, and advise on diverting if needed.