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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Traffic To Go

I'd normally recommend tuning in NewsRadio 740 KTRH for local traffic reports but gridlock info is now coming from many places. Satellite radio even has channels dedicated to local traffic - though they pretty much suck. They are mostly delivered an hour or so late plus read from someone thousands of miles away. (I've heard 'San Felipe' pronounced at least six different ways)

Several automobile makers with built-in nav systems can deliver real-time traffic through satellite radio links. Smartphones and PDAs can be upgraded with a GPS for directions and traffic conditions. Now its time to whip out your cell phone.

Google Maps has just rolled out a version for mobile phones with live traffic data for 30 cities. Download the app on your Java-enabled (J2ME) phone and you'll be set to go. Remember, no driving and downloading at the same time.

1 Comments:

  • It's a cool service, but you're SOL if you use T-Mobile (as I do).

    However, Transtar has a GREAT, fast-loading set of WAP-friendly pages that work for many many more devices:

    http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/mobile/

    By Blogger Kevin, at 12:22 AM  

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