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Beat The Traffic Eases Commuter Turmoil With Real-Time Traffic Data

Cupertino, California – Beat the Traffic app available for iPhone and Android devices offers extensive real-time traffic information and solutions for the busy commuter. Users can quickly check the latest traffic conditions, incidents and find the fastest route to take.

The sleek looking crowd-sourced traffic app is designed to make commuting easier. See an incident? No problem, simply report to fellow drivers with the “shake to report” feature. Beat the Traffic includes text directions, providing turn by turn instructions for unfamiliar routes.

Smart Route is a re-routing feature. Smart Route activates when a better alternate route is available based on real-time road conditions.

“Beat the Traffic is an essential app for the commuter lifestyle,” said Mark Thompson, Managing Director at Beat the Traffic. “Powered by a blend of crowd source, public and private data suppliers and live operators Beat the Traffic provides comprehensive real-time traffic coverage.”

Key features:
* Home screen gives full map view, displays traffic flow, incidents, construction, road closures, traffic cameras, and weather
* Trip Report provides the best route available with estimated travel time, traffic flow, incidents and traffic cameras all on one screen
* Text directions provide turn by turn instructions along the route
* Smart Route recommends the best alternate options so you can adjust your commute and save time
* Shake function allows users to crowd source incidents by shaking their device and alert fellow users

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 17.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Beat the Traffic 3.2.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. For full app functionality, free registration is required.

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Celebrating 25 years, Pelmorex Media Inc. is the parent company of The Weather Network, MeteoMedia, Beat the Traffic and Eltiempo. The Weather Network and its French counterpart MeteoMedia are Canada’s most popular weather and information services on TV, web and smartphone apps. Pelmorex owns and operates Eltiempo, Spain’s leading multi-platform weather information provider. With strong roots in weather, we continue to leverage technology and science to help consumers plan their day by expanding the Pelmorex family to include Beat the Traffic, a leading multi-platform brand that finds the fastest route from point A to point B. Pelmorex also operates Canada’s National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies. Pelmorex has been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers as well as Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for seven consecutive years. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Pelmorex Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Google Maps dynamic rerouting helps users outsmart traffic

Google has just announced a new feature for Google Maps that will help drivers and travelers maneuver through busy streets during rush hour. Starting with the latest update to its Android and iOS apps, Google Maps will start notifying users if there’s a faster route available.

Though not explicitly mentioned, this new Google Maps feature most probably comes via Waze. After all, Waze’s slogan is outsmarting traffic, which Google has not so subtly reused in this announcement. Google acquired the Israeli startup last June in order to augment its own navigation features already present in Google Maps.

While Waze does still operate on its own as a crowdsourced service, Google has managed to bring in a few of its features into its own service. In particular, it has brought in incident reports from Waze into Google Maps, giving travelers a heads up about accidents, road blocks, and other important traffic problems en route. Google even managed to extend coverage of those incident reports to 46 more countries last year.

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Google Maps users on Android will immediately be able to enjoy this new feature while iOS users will have to download the update from Apple’s App Store. The feature, however, works only in regions where navigation is actually available. Those interested in Waze development might also want to take part in the developer’s beta testing program that was just recently announced.

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Google Glass traffic case in California dismissed

In what would give Google Glass supports reason for good cheer, a San Diego court has dismissed charges against Cecilia Abadie, one of which was related to her wearing of the smart eyewear while driving. But while Abadie was cleared of charges, her victory doesn’t necessarily let Google Glass off the hook.

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Late last October, Abadie was stopped by Officer Keith Odle of the California Highway Patrol. Her initial offense was for speeding at 85 miles per hour beyond San Diego Interstate 15′s 65 miles per hour limit. Odle, however, decided to also cite her for using a visual monitor while driving, something usually imposed on cellphones, when Abadie supposedly got argumentative about the legality of wearing Google Glass under the same circumstances.

San Diego Court Commissioner John Blair dismissed both charges, but mostly because of technicalities. The state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt Abadie’s actual speed when an expert failed to appear in court to testify to the accuracy of the speedometer that Odle used. Regarding the Google Glass side of the case, Blair held that there was no hard evidence that Google Glass was even turned on while Abadie was driving.

However, it should be noted that Commissioner Blair also stated that Google Glass falls within the purview and intent of California’s law banning the use of such devices while driving, leaving the legality of Google Glass still open for debate. Google, for its part, cautions users to act responsibly and err on the side of safety.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Honda smartphone app reduces fuel consumption, traffic jams

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A Honda smartphone app has been tested in Indonesia, proving that it can significantly reduce traffic jams and improve fuel efficiency by up to 22%.

The idea is to try and synchronize the way vehicles are driven, according to the research, and the experiment took place between September 2012 and February 2013 on a public road in Jakarta, Indonesia.The problem is usually that drivers tend to maintain a safe distance between their car and the one in front, and they reduce speed drastically in order to do so. The car behind them does the same, and so on, decreasing traffic efficiency and increasing fuel consumption.

The application monitors the way the car accelerates and decelerates, and the smartphone app would use color coded screens to guide drivers – when the screen was green, it meant that the car was driven in sync with the other ones. If it wasn’t, it would show a blue screen, as you can see in the image below ( the smartphone used looks like a Samsung Galaxy S3).

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Two types of testing using the application were performed, one in which the smartphone worked by itself, and one in which all of the smartphones were connected to a cloud system. Fuel efficiency was increased by 20% for the first type of test, while a traffic jam was delayed by up to six minutes and an average of three. With the second method, where the system was interconnected, fuel efficiency was 22% better, while the traffic jam occurrence was delayed by six minutes (four on average).

The results were obtained by comparing traffic and fuel efficiency on two consecutive days, with and without the system.

Now, I’m sure self-driving cars will know how to manage such things on their own, but until then, this seems like a pretty good idea and hopefully it will be applied in as many places as possible.

Until then, I hope the app will be available to everyone soon. Would you use it, if it were?

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iPhone 5 ahead of Samsung Galaxy S3 in web traffic, but only by a whisker

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We know that most of you like to focus on the positives when it comes to the Android vs iOS “war”, but you probably remember one particular battle the iPhone 5 easily won against the Samsung Galaxy S3 last fall.

Although it was only out for a few weeks, Apple’s latest had the clear upper hand against the S3 in North American web usage. The score was 56% – 44%, and, with GS3’s hotness declining, it was natural to expect the gap to widen over the following months, right?

But, believe it or not, the two phones are now almost tied. According to Chitika’s latest US and Canada report, if we only take the iPhone 5 and S3 into account, the score is 51% – 49%. That’s based on web traffic from February 1 to February 9, but we have no reason to believe the data doesn’t reflect a wider trend.

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Both phones’ shares are on the rise when looking at the mobile phone market as a whole, with the iPhone 5 capturing 6.6% (previously 3%) of the total web traffic and the GS3 at 6.4% (up from 2%). Other iPhones have accounted for a 34.9% piece of the pie, Samsung had 14.2%, while “outsiders” had 37.8%.

Samsung was therefore considerably behind Apple, but on the flipside the trend seems to be favorable to the Koreans. Sammy’s total share of 20.6% is up three points since October, while Cupertino dipped from 46% to 41.5%.

Getting back to the GS3 vs iPhone 5 battle, we have to wonder what exactly happened to turn the tables. Does Samsung’s super-phone get better with age? Are S3 users now more active on the web for a reason? Or was the report a fluke and the iPhone 5 will again widen the gap next time?

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