Over the last several months OpenPlans has developed a real-time traffic crowdsourcing application for Cebu City in the Philippines, working with the World Bank. Once deployed in Cebu, the application will collect real-time traffic data from 500 Android phones deployed in taxi cabs. This data will provide citizens with up-to-date information about traffic conditions and the historical archive will help inform planners and transport engineers.
Ahead of deploying the application in Cebu we’re planning a test run in Washington, D.C. and we want your help!
On September 23rd we invite you to join us at the National Building Museum and spend the afternoon collecting test data from the D.C. streets! Bring your (charged!) Android mobile phone and your preferred mode of transport — bike, foot or car (unicycles, scooters, or pedicabs too – whatever works!)
We’ll give you a quick overview of the project, help you install the Android application, and send you out in the city for an hour of data collection. Back at the Museum we’ll be tracking your progress in real-time and collecting data to help tune the algorithms before we scale up deployment in Cebu. When you return we’ll discuss the results and give you a copy of the the data collected during your trip. After we will continue the conversation over beers at the Green Turtle bar.
If you’re in D.C. and have an Android phone please consider joining us on the 23rd! Visit our Eventbrite page for more details and to RSVP.