Avoid Traffic Jams in Real Time with Mapopolis
A new real-time navigation product, announced by Mapopolis aims to eliminate time spent waiting in traffic jams for its users. The product actively searches for accidents, slow downs and construction on the user’s route and re-routes them if necessary to avoid it.
The new product was announced at COMDEX and will be available to consumers in the first quarter of 2003 ($19.95 per month). It is a pda-based solution including real-time traffic and navigation for all major US metropolitan areas.
“You may never have to wait in traffic again,” said Mapopolis.Com, Inc. Vice President, Jeremy Straub, “while the product can’t predict – or prevent traffic problems, as long as the accident has been there for a few minutes, you most likely won’t have to wait for it.”
The software doesn’t just avoid accidents though, it determines the best way to get you there – be it navigating around the accident, or waiting for it. The software incorporates proprietary new routing technology developed by Mapopolis.
When an accident is detected, the software alerts the user, and depending on userconfigurable parameters, will either present alternative routes or begin automatically providing new instructions.
Founded in 1999, Mapopolis.com, Inc. has become the technology leader in mapping and navigation software for PDAs and other portable devices. Building upon the original release of Mapopolis for the Palm OS in 1999 which was limited to locating streets and intersections, the company has expanded to offer a full line of products which provide dynamic navigation rivaling expensive in-car systems. Mapopolis customers include General Electric Interlogix, Police & Fire departments, the United States Probation Office and hundreds of thousands of consumers nation-wide. Customers world-wide use Mapopolis on their Pocket PC, Palm OS or RIM/Blackberry device to find addresses, generate directions and provide “heads-up” dynamic navigation.
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