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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather


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Data from Here Technologies shows speed in green, direction in blue, and volume in red.

Location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to data on traffic in Berlin, Istanbul, and Moscow, to predict traffic.

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Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul, and Moscow, to predict traffic.

The firm’s artificial intelligence institute recently hosted a traffic forecasting competition which demonstrated neural networks' ability to extract patterns from massive datasets.

The company’s Michael Kopp said Here gave the competition’s participants months’ worth of color-coded traffic data from the major German, Turkish and Russian cities; contestants built software tools to mine patterns from that information.

Kopp said Sungbin Choi, an independent researcher from Seoul, won the contest with a tool that had an error rate of less than 1%.

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