What’s the Traffic Like Out There? Your SmartPhone Will Soon Be Able to Alert You!

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Using contextual data, new Smartphone apps will soon allow phones to draw conclusions and take action in the user’s interest.  For example, “If there is heavy traffic, it will wake you up early for a meeting with your boss, or simply send an apology if it is a meeting with your colleague,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, Inc, the world’s leading IT research and advisory company.  Phones will be able to draw from the calendar, sensors, user location and other personal data.

It may take a while for the traffic application to come to fruition, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.  According to Gartner, the first services to be performed automatically will be mundane tasks, especially those that are also time-consuming, like sending birthday greetings or making a weekly to-do list. Eventually, experts believe that consumers will become more comfortable allowing their Smartphone to handle such tasks, and will begin to allow a greater array of apps to take control of certain aspects of their lives.

The Confident Commuter thinks that this is a nifty technological innovation.  My 15 mile commute, which takes about 20 minutes during non-peak traffic areas and winds down Rt. 26 through the newer Market Square and Clemson Corner business areas and onto Rt. 15 S., often takes 30-40 minutes during rush hour. If my phone could tell me at 7 a.m. what time would be ideal for me to leave home in order not to be late, I’d be much less stressed in the mornings.  Imagine what commuters down I270 or out 70 East or West could do if their phones let them know of traffic snarls well before they usually leave home.

Ahh, technology…how commuters love thee!



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