[sf-lug] S. F. politics and software policies
jim at well.com
Sun Sep 6 10:23:08 PDT 2009
is there something about San Francisco politics that's
not quite fair or open? the snippet below discusses new
traffic management technology available only to windows-based
cell phones. note the S.F. schools and some other public
institutions seem windows-bound, not only internally, but
wrt public access. of course, it might be that the other
institutions involved have done the filtering, per below:
[A] major effort is dubbed IntelliDrive. Funded by the federal
government and major automobile manufacturers, and overseen by
the U.S. Department of Transportation, the program will begin
tests of a traffic warning system in San Francisco next month.
Participating drivers will receive signals on their cellphones
alerting them to bottlenecks approximately 60 seconds ahead.
The phone will say, "Slow traffic ahead" through its speaker
phone or headset, and a message will appear on its screen.
The operators of the program will use traffic information from
several existing sources, including Caltrans, and crunch it to
provide the real-time warnings. Only cellphones using...
Windows-based operating <---- systems
...will be able to download the software to take part in the
test--which leaves out iPhones and BlackBerrys, among others.
A video showing how it works is at
The ultimate goal is a dashboard warning system, fed by sensors
in cars and along highways, to alert drivers of potential
hazards all around them, including blind spots.
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