Indo-Dutch project plans to tap cellphone data to decongest roads

The project will begin in June and aims to develop algorithms that will be able to predict traffic movement.

When the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway shut some of its lanes on a scorching summer day last week without warning, thousands of cars, sports utility vehicles and buses clogged a 15-km stretch in a traffic jam that took almost eight hours to clear.

“In theory, this is a great assignment and concept which has the potential for tangible benefits. But it seems to lack commercial and financial viability unless more inclusive measures are taken for greater industry involvement,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and chief executive, Greyhound Research.  Twitter_logo_blue

“Another concern is how security will be managed as the quantum of data is huge and any misinterpretation of data can cause even physical damage. The security aspect has to be talked about very seriously,” he added.  Twitter_logo_blue

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