T-Drive will help you reach faster when you are travelling by road

GPS System to help in traffic jams

We all face the irritating traffic jams while travelling by road, whether it’s you personal vehicle or you prefer a public transport. The condition of the roads is not up to mark in certain routes. Some routes where the construction works such as flyovers, skywalks, etc. are always found to be congested during the peak hours. So regular commuters often tend to choose alternate routes.

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These regular commuters are not found to be staying anywhere close to the congested places. So they can afford to take alternate routes. But for commuters who stay near to the congested places; they don’t find alternatives. Even if there are alternatives available, they don’t seem to have any idea about those routes.

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T-Drive v/s Google Maps

To help such people Lu Zheng & Xing Xie, Engineers at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing has developed an application called T-Drive. T-Drive will help drivers/you, in case you are driving you vehicle yourself to find the routes which are less congested at that time. You can do the same using Google Maps, but Zheng & his team did a comparison between T-Drive & Google Maps.

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They involved a group of taxi drivers in Beijing & told them to ply on routes which are generally congested during peak hours. Around 30 observations were taken by his team & the group of Taxi drivers using T-Drive, were found with a drive time of 23 Minutes which was 4 times faster than that using Google Maps. But the interesting point here is that the routes suggested by Google Maps were almost same in terms their lengths.

Now the question arises, Why the routes suggested using Google Maps took so long as compared to T-Drive. The reason is that T-Drive takes into account the the no. of signals on a particular route, the duration of the signal, Time when the signal is Green (roughly).

Lu Zheng has submitted their app at the ACM Sigspatial International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in San Jose. If people therein like his teams work then action will be taken in implementing the system in cabbie. If you want more details about T-Drive navigate to the Official T-Drive PDF which has a description about it’s working & also some images.

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What do you think about this application developed by both the Engineers ? Do you think more factors should be included in T-Drive for suggesting faster routes ?

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  1. Hi Mani, well I do think T-Drive will work for countries with a good traffic system. But in India, there is no way it can help us to find the right way. Anyway, thanks for sharing this information.

  2. Just looking at the picture makes me nervous, lol. INteresting concept!

  3. Hey Mani, I never heard of this T-Drive before, thanks for the heads up! Sounds pretty decent.

  4. Oh, T-Drive sound great! Would be really great to have T-Drive in a congested situation!

  5. i go with Satish, it is hard that it will work in India

  6. Some of my frenz gave tried this and this is really good. I do not agree that it is better than Google maps.

  7. I too agree with Sathish. Anyway, thanks for the share.

  8. This sounds really cool, I’d definitely buy something like this as I live in a heavily congested city where a drive that should take 10 minutes can take up to 40.

  9. may want to stay somewhere on route from sanfransisto to portland. know nothing about the area need some info from someone who has done the journey

  10. This is a very useful application for people who goes to their office’s everyday. Not only that it will save our time but it will also save other people’s time and reduce traffic since you will be using a different route. Thanks for sharing!

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