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New algorithms can tell if you ride the bus, and how bad you drive

18th Nov `13, 12:02 AM in Analytics

Researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed algorithms they say are the best yet for…

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Researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed algorithms they say are the best yet for determining how mobile phone users are getting around town — walking, driving, taking the subway or otherwise — by analyzing the frequency and velocity of their starts and stops.

Paired with location data, this could be great news for civic planners trying to optimize roads or public transportation. As the researchers suggest, it could also be helpful in reconstructing accidents or identifying road hazards, or powering an app that gives feedback about a user’s driving style in the name of improving safety or fuel efficiency.

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