Finally, a smart company has created an app to avoid traffic and roadworks, but does it really work?
Avoid Traffic & Roadworks With This Free Australian App
I’m the first to be highly frustrated driving in Sydney, slow drivers, crazy traffic and too many (and useless) roundabouts. As usual, technology is here to help a new traffic app is helping drivers dodge roadworks and avoid traffic jams with real-time updates.
Addinsight App uses the Bluetooth beacon network to receive delay information at locations approaching the incidents.
How Does It Work
AddInsight broadcasts verbal messages to drivers in South Australia about approaching delays through a vehicle’s hands-free systems and mobile phones.
The free app taps into more than 400 of Adelaide’s state-of-the-art Bluetooth receivers, which monitor the city’s road network in real-time.
It has been released at a time when the South Australian capital’s road network has been plagued with disruptions caused by major infrastructure improvements such as new freeways and building projects.
South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the unique traffic app would help shorten travel time.
“The AddInsight app is like having a personal navigator in your car, giving you information in advance about hazards or delays ahead, so you can avoid them by finding an alternative route,” he said.
“We are always looking for new ways to help motorists navigate their way around the city more quickly and conveniently, particularly when our record investment on infrastructure projects can lead to delays or changes to traffic conditions,” he said.
“Now they will be able to access this information without having to pull over to check their phones.”
AddInsight is the only app in the world that notifies drivers of traffic delays in real-time, making it a more accurate and reliable option.
The map highlights sections of road that are currently experiencing delays higher than normal (excess delay). This allows commuters to quickly see if their route to work is running normally. The user can tap on any of the highlighted road segments to see the current extra delay and travel time.
Interacting with a mobile phone while driving is illegal, so this information is only useful before you start your trip or if you have a passenger that can check it for you.
That is why Addinsight has introduced spoken alerts, allowing motorists to keep their eyes on the road. The spoken alerts will play through your phone’s loud speaker or via your car entertainment system if you are paired via Bluetooth. You must have Bluetooth turned on for the spoken alerts to work.
You will only receive spoken alerts that are relevant to your current direction of travel, but in some instances you may receive messages relating to delays on an intersecting road that may only be relevant if you are turning left or right.
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
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