Friday, October 19, 2007

Cut-through homing device

This seems like a good piece of technology: a dash-mounted GPS receiver that both provides and reacts to real-time traffic information. As you sit in traffic, the unit sends your speed and position to a central server and then sends you traffic-tailored directions to get you to your destination.

But, it's going to have a nasty consequence. Basically, it's a unit that tells you when you should use a cut-through to avoid traffic on an arterial and where the cut-through is. As if it the situation is not bad enough already.

This just reinforces the importance of lowering the design speed of known cut-throughs.

As you read the article (which you should), just remember that detour is just a neutral way of saying cut-through.

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