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Clearing the Road

By on September 1, 2009
RoadKing Mag

Tired of getting stuck in traffic?  So are a lot of people all over the world. Finally somebody decided to ask for help. A plea for solutions to the traffic jams we all see was sweetened with a check for $50,000.

That is the prize in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Congestion Challenge, the first global competition of ideas for combating transportation congestion and blunting its impact on the economy and environment.

The contest is a partnership between the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, a not-for-profit organization that fosters the use of advanced technologies in surface transportation systems; IBM and its intelligent transportation systems; and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovation, a business that accelerates the creation of new products and new ventures.

Commuters, truckers, entrepreneurs, transportation experts, universities and researchers in all fields were encouraged to contribute, and in August nine solutions were picked.

All ideas will be reviewed, discussed and rated by an open global community that anyone can join. The best ideas to solve the problem of traffic congestion will be selected and the winner announced during the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden.

The winner will receive an investment of $50,000, plus development and implementation support in the hope that their clever idea becomes a real-world solution.

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