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How many times have you been sitting in traffic cussing out a traffic light that changed, with no other cars in the other intersection. It happens here in Hawaii “ALL THE TIME”. These idiot traffic engineers here have not a clue what a timed traffic light is.
When I lived in Guam I loved driving at night because all you had to do was flash your high beams at a RED light and it would change if no traffic was detected coming the other way. It was common to see cars start flashing their high beams when they were 500 ft away to try and get the lights to change quicker. Guam is a small place but has twice as many cars as people so traffic was always a problem so smart lights were appreciated.
Seems their has been some research on this front and municipalities would be smart to listen to what it being said. [Smart Mobs]
I can only say that I am thankful that they did not have a blackbox that could have been installed in my vehicles as a 16 year old. My dad probably would have pulled my drives license the first week. I somehow survived that but it seems now parents can have a tracking device installed in their kids cars to make sure they are driving the speed limit and not doing some of the real dumb things many of us did that we where lucky to survive. (Yes Eric, I remember that pass on the right)
To be honest with my oldest child fast approaching driving age I cannot see doing this to her, after all the grades a fantastic and her head has not turned to mush. I will see what happens in the next 18 months but hopefully I will not have to resort to such extreme measures. [Engadget]
Imagine having a van that had 13 cameras and took a picture every 15 feet. The applications are unlimited I would love to have them drive thru my grandfathers property this would give me a visual record of what state the property is in. Do this every few years and you would have one heck of a record. BUt think about using it for homeland security etc. Insurance adjusters like it and homeland defense does to. [Yahoo News]
With one of the most comprehensive construction projects over, the city of Boston is about to experience a renaissance of sorts in that the Big Dig has finally come to a conclusion. It should make the boston experience more enjoyable. 10,000 years from now if where still around someone is going to look back at the architecture required to make it happen and say wow. [CSM]
I am one of the very fortunate people that live in Hawaii that when I leave for work at 6am the direction I am driving is away from downtown and traffic is light. I am able to quickly jump on the expressway and enjoy a beautiful drive across to the other side of the Island. Total commuter time from when I walk out the front door till I sit down at my desk 25 minutes.
On the other hand I have co-workers who leave there homes 1 hour earlier than I do and arrive at the same time. That is my definition of commuter hell. For those of you that live in and around San Francisco many would label that 90 minute commute as life.
The traffic has gotten so bad here in Hawaii that they are thinking of putting in a rail system (20 years to late) it has gotten some bad press but I think it is a wonderful idea.
My wife and I have been talking of buying a new home as our family is outgrowing our current home. The area we can afford to buy in is close to the area that the rail would originate. I am all for it but local populace would rather suffer through gridlock than have section of the rail raised as they are afraid it will reduce the beauty of Hawaii. The State has a hard decision to make taxes will have to be raised but I hate the idea of having to wait 5-10 years for them to get it built. I will suffer in my current home versus fighting the traffic.
I envy those that do have speedy mass transit with easy access points. I do not qualify riding the bus as speedy as Hawaii has a wonderful bus system but it competes with other motor vehicles.
It is nice to know that some of you are finding ways to make your mass transit time productive. [ZDNet]
Ever wondered what technological advancements are taking place with automobiles these days. Well look no further. The Audi A8 L has my total geek attention. The $68,000 Audi features solar panels that heat and cool the interior when it’s not running and an instrument panel that sports a LCD media center. Read full story here [WIRED]