Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web. “Whether police want to know where to set up patrols to nab drunken drivers or local transportation officials wish to identify places to fix dangerous intersections, it’s never been easier to research accident histories for any street in Ohio. The Ohio Highway Patrol has launched an interactive web tool at this link with crash data going back to 2014.”
Il Globo: Sardinian town bans the use of Google Maps. “The mayor of Baunei, in the Ogliastra area of the southern Italian island, said people keep getting lost or stuck after Google Maps directed them down treacherous roads and onto rough hiking tracks.”
Techdirt: Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It. “Techdirt has just written about how advanced digital technology can be used for less-than-benign purposes, simply because it is a tool that can be applied in both good and bad ways. A fascinating analysis by Jane Macfarlane in IEEE Spectrum explores something similar: how new technology being used as designed, and with only the best intentions, can nonetheless give rise to potentially serious problems.”
Southern Gazette: Council wants Google to fix rat-run street. “THE City of Belmont wants Google Maps to change its software to stop a small suburban street from being used as a rat run by drivers accessing Perth Airport and DFO shops. Redcliffe residents say since the permanent closure of Brearley Avenue – the main access to the airport – last year, commuters were being directed by Google Maps down Epsom Avenue on to Stanton Road.” A rat run, in this case, is a small side street or shortcut.
Route Fifty: The Unsettling Rise of the Urban Narc App. “It’s getting easier for city residents to use technology that can report bad drivers who block bike lanes. Welcome to the self-surveillance era of traffic safety.”
Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance. “Urban traffic congestion currently costs the U.S. economy $160 billion in lost productivity and causes 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 56 billion pounds of harmful CO2 emissions, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil engineering, and Zhenhui “Jessie” Li, associate professor of information sciences and technology [both at Penn State], aim to tackle this issue by first identifying machine learning algorithms that will provide results consistent with traditional (theoretical) solutions for simple scenerios, and then building upon those algorithms by introducing complexities that cannot be readily addressed through traditional means.”
The Guardian: Newly opened WestConnex tunnel missing from Google Maps, causing confusion in Sydney. “Google Maps is working to resolve an issue where Sydney’s newly opened WestConnex M4 East motorway – part of Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project – does not display on its map.”