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  • Can big data make miserable commutes a thing of the past?
  • Can big data make miserable commutes a thing of the past?
    Ahmed Mahin Fayaz, Creative Commons (2011) ©
CASE STUDY

Urban Engines: making commuting more efficient

Congestion in cities is a global problem. There are roughly 4 million vehicles in Bangalore, and the average worker in London spends around 227 hours a year commuting. Using crowdsourced data, Urban Engines is helping cities to become smarter, less congested and more efficient.

Location Southern Asia / North America / South-Eastern Asia

Scope
Getting from home to work can be a nightmare in a city. During rush hour, slow-moving traffic inches down the road, and people are crammed onto trains like sardines or jostled around on a bus. There are roughly 4 million vehicles in the Indian city of Bangalore, and it often seems like they’re all on the road at the same time. [1] The average worker in London spends around 227 hours a year commuting to and from work. In Tokyo, people use the term tsukin jigoku – ‘commuter hell’ – when referring to the subway. And ...

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