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Everybody hates traffic.
Nobody hates it more than I do.
I spent many years commuting, first near Dallas, then later in NYC, and then Austin after that.
For the last several years, my commute has been about 25 feet.
There's very little traffic from my bedroom to my home office, but the commute can sometimes take at least 3 minutes, especially if I'm feeling particularly lethargic.
I can't say there's much I miss about sitting in traffic, perhaps with the exception of listening to NPR or watching people drive while trying to shave or apply their lipstick (and hopefully not both simultaneously).
With all the mobile devices people are now using while driving, I suspect traffic has only gotten that much more dangerous.
No thanks, I'm not driving.
IBM's "Building a Smarter Planet" blog recently posted that by 2010, there will be 59 metropolitan areas with populations greater than 5 million, up 50% from 2001, but that our current infrastructure and traffic management approaches aren't scaling appropriately to handle this growth.
That's where the idea of smarter traffic comes in.
In a podcast featuring insights from three experts in the field of transportation, the trio explores how by analyzing transportation patterns and introducing intelligence into our traffic systems, we can start to dramatically increase the efficiency of the world's transportation systems.
Me, I'm going to try and continue to do my part by keeping my commute to under 50 feet or less.