City of Calgary Tests Real Time Travel Info System

Posted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 17th, 2010

Drivers on Deerfoot Trail may have noticed something different on their morning commute today.

The City of Calgary working in conjunction with their provincial counterparts is testing a new real time traveler information system along Deerfoot Trail. The new system will display estimated travel times on the existing message boards as well as temporary sign boards positioned along Deerfoot Trail. Travel times are calculated by monitoring cellular devices inside vehicles as they pass by detection devices positioned along the roadway.

“Providing estimated travel times will allow motorists to know their destination travel time and make use of that information for route choices,” says Troy McLeod, Traffic Manager. “In the future, this type of system could be accessed by in-vehicle navigation systems to automatically course correct travel routes.”

The trial runs from today until Nov 23 and will operate beginning at 6am until 7pm during the week and from 9am until 5pm on weekends. The City of Calgary continually monitors traffic flow on the major roadways around the city to keep Calgarians on the move.

I wonder what the signs will say right after a big snowstorm? “Estimated Travel time to City Center: 5 hours. Average Travel Speed: 3km/h.”

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  1. Joe says:

    I like the idea but somehow feel that my privacy is being invaded knowing that they are tracking it with cell phone signals…

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