When you're in a traffic jam, wouldn't you like to be able to see what it looks like at the site of the accident, or how far away it is until cars are moving normally again? Well, dare I say it, there's an app for that.
Mobile developer Visteon has teamed with TrafficLand, the biggest aggregator of live traffic cam feeds in the country, to offer TrafficJamCam. It is an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows users to view the most recent traffic cameras in the area.
Because of the intensive data involved, users cannot view actual live video streams of the cameras. Instead, they get access to the most recent cached images, which are refreshed every minute.
"Our research shows that consumers continue to rely on mobile electronic devices and want to use them to stay connected while driving," said Visteon senior manager for "electronics innovation" TC Wingrove.
Right now, Visteon only provides camera feeds from 17 cities: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago/Indiana; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Detroit; Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; New York City; Ohio/Northern Kentucky; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Riverside, Calif.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.
To get access to a city costs a one-time fee of $2.99.
Visteon is also considering bringing this software to in-vehicle platforms. In a statement, Wingrove noted, "It's not a huge technical leap to adapt this application from a phone to an in-vehicle infotainment system. The feedback we can glean from consumers will help us refine the system, and will enable an enhanced solution by the time automakers are ready to launch an in-vehicle application."
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