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Open Source Helps Stop Traffic Accidents

Aug 06, 2007, 12:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by C.G. Lynch)

"Sometimes, the only thing more damaging than a terrible car accident on a major expressway is the thousands of cars whose passengers slow down to take in the misfortunes of their fellow motorists. Rubbernecking is the term, of course, and a group of engineering students and their professor at the University of Maryland have decided to do something about it: They're enabling a number of Washington, D.C.-area traffic agencies (and their disparate systems) to communicate with one another quickly, by standardizing their information through an open-source, PostgreSQL database and mapping system..."

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