In the 21st century, we continue to waste an enormous amount of time inside cars, using little or no public transportation and exponentially increasing our bad mood. Let’s look at some of the ideas that I have already discussed over the last almost five years that can help us avoid stressful traffic situations in big cities.
Initiatives such as atasco.org or waze can help detect, from the mobile, the problematic points of our cities, warning us in real time and allowing us to alter our route to avoid the problem.
Users reporting on web maps about existing problems on streets and highways are always a good idea. Mapalia has its section black spots, for example, representing this idea. Tuitrfico is also a good project with the same objective, allowing users to update data via the web or by phone.
Share the car
The idea of reporting on scheduled routes to find people who share space and costs is not new, although it promises to be very effective. There are many applications with this idea, such as amovens, bigoo, soy punto rojo or vao.es
Public Transport Information
If the institutions responsible for public transport reported more effectively on schedules and routes, many people could stop using the car to switch to the bus or metro. Initiatives such as Tubus or Google Transit show that this idea can go a long way.
Notify the state of the streets on Twitter
The idea has been brewing for years with projects such as the Brazilian twitransito.com.br. Here in Spain we have accounts like @traffic Y @traffic in Murcia that are in charge of giving official data from the DGT to avoid surprises.
Now only missing projects, dissemination, new ideas and sacrifice. Let’s hope the situation evolves for the better …