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Qatar eyes GPS technology to warn of traffic jams

Motorists will be able to use mobile phones in a bid to avoid the most congested roads.

Qatar eyes GPS technology to warn of traffic jams
TRAFFIC WARNING: Qatar is looking to introduce GPS technology to help motorists avoid traffic hotspots.

Traffic chiefs in Qatar are turning to GPS technology in an effort to warn motorists of traffic jams ahead, it was reported on Monday.

The department will soon introduce a mobile GPS system which will allow motorists to know in advance where traffic jams are building.

According to a report in Gulf Times published in Monday, the technology will be made available through Google’s Earth programme for motorists who have mobile phones with a GPS programme.

It will show the motorists how busy the streets are up ahead so that they can judge whether it is good for them to take that road, especially in the peak hours.

They will also be able to search for alternative routes to reach their destination. A thick red line on the mobile screen will show how busy the streets are.

The line's thickness will indicate the extent of congestion. Traffic officials hope that the project will ease congestion.

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Najeeb Khan 10 years ago

also create more accidents as motorists use their mobile phones to see the detail of the road as they drive. It’s bad enough seeing people have phone conversations without hands free, now this added hazard. Motorists who can’t be bothered to use hands free are a menace. You increase the risk 6 times for yourself and other innocent road users by this selfish behaviour. UK has a law banning using the phone whist driving, unless its hands free, yet its flouted and enforcement is rare. Smart move for the car body repair shops I guess.