Mobility Technologies announced Jan. 14 it is providing its new voice recognition trafficservice to selected consumers in the Philadelphia area during the pilot phase of its planned full-scale launch.
Called Traffic Pulse Voice, it is a speech recognition application that enables users to obtain personalized real-time trafficupdates--including point-to-point travel times, advisories and incidents along major roadways--from any cellular or regular phone atany location, according to Mobility Technologies. A commercial application is also planned as part of its enterprise solutionspackage.
According to the company, the system uses voice prompts. Users specify the highway they'retraveling on and provide entry and exit points to receive travel times plus details about accidents, disabled vehicles or activities thataffect their route. Information is derived from the firm's Digital Traffic Pulse SMradar and acoustic sensor network deployed at roadside along Philadelphia's key highways including I-95, I-76 and I-476. Data isrefreshed at 60-second intervals to provide continual traffic updates and is supplemented by incidents and events reported by the company's Operations Center in Wayne.
John Collins, Vice President of Intelligent Transportation Solutions and Telematics for Mobility Technologies, commented: "Ourresearch has shown that consumers want accurate, on-demand traffic information that tells a person how long it'll take to get from point A to point B."
"The challenge to Mobility Technologies was to design a telematics application that can be used by people on the go. Traffic Pulse Voiceaccomplishes that, since it does not require expensive on-board units or special connectivity. A simple cell phone handles it, even though the data can be fed to virtually any digital on-board device as well."
The company is offering free trial subscriptions (at www.trafficpulse.com) to a limited number of participants during itspilot phase in Philadelphia. Participants will have the option ofsubscribing to the service, along with the general public, when it isofficially launched. Pittsburgh will soon be the second market toreceive Traffic Pulse Voice.
According to Mr. Collins, Traffic Pulse Voice will also bepositioned as a key element of its package of services offered tocommercial enterprises such as fleet operators and mobile workforces.
About Mobility Technologies
Mobility Technologies (www.mobilitytechnologies.com) is creatinga traffic information franchise with its Digital Traffic Pulse sensor network, an Intelligent TransportationSystem which continually measures traffic flow along major highways,providing motorists with actual speeds, point-to-point travel timesand traffic congestion data.
Enterprise software applications deliver mobility solutions tofleets, mobile workforces and engineering users. Traffic informationfor 13 major markets is distributed on its interactive Web site atwww.traffic.com and featured on select radio and TV broadcasts throughits nationwide Traffic Pulse Networks.