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    3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 17, 2016 10:30 AM by Victor Fontaine

    Do you think big data could solve traffic issues ?

    Victor Fontaine

      Traffic has always been an issue for big cities. Even those American cities built around the use of cars.

      In fact, the United States leads the list of countries for most hours wasted in traffic with an average of about 50 hours per commuter in 2015

      A study has been released by INRIX, “INRIX partners with more than 200 governments and agencies worldwide, providing them with the industry’s most accurate mobility data and analytics to tackle transportation challenges and enhance intelligent movement,” said Bryan Mistele, President and CEO of INRIX. “The 2015 Traffic Scorecard is our response to their need for a quantifiable benchmark to track the impact of their spending on smart city initiatives.”


      The cities are rated based on the average time wasted per commuter, and cities such as Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Houston, New York and Seattle are ranked as the most congested, where commuters spent a total of 8 billion hours stuck in traffic last year.

      Here are the top 10 cities :

      1. Los Angeles, CA – 81 hours

      2. Washington, DC – 75 hours

      3. San Francisco, CA – 75 hours

      4. Houston, TX – 74 hours

      5. New York, NY – 73 hours

      6. Seattle, WA – 66 hours

      7. Boston, MA – 64 hours

      8. Chicago, IL – 60 hours

      9. Atlanta, GA – 59 hours

      10. Honolulu, HI – 49 hours

        • Re: Do you think big data could solve traffic issues ?
          Michelle Vuillerot

          Big data would solve traffic issues provided users are equipped with smartphones and provided the connected solutions are affordable to them.

          And since automation is crucial to smooth traffic flow, this is likely to happen wherever proper funding can be found.

          The time saved however, would itself make the case for this type of equipment, not to mention the public health benefits!

          • Re: Do you think big data could solve traffic issues ?
            Didier Rougeyron

            We notice that the use of data to fight against congestion begins to show results. In Stockholm, 1600 GPS have been installed in taxis to collect data on traffic conditions, which were then processed by analytical software to inform the municipality about the opportunities to improve traffic flow. Thereby traffic was reduced by 20%, travel times have been reduced by half and emissions of exhaust gases are down 10%...


            Barcelona also seeks to become a smarter city through data analysis to improve traffic flow, but also to find out where to install bike rental stations in self-service or determine which neighborhoods need more ATMs.


            An impressive figure finally: over 90% of global data was created last two years, and the production volume will double every two years !

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