New software can take simple data and infer exactly what’s going on across a transportation system. (But for tourism…..
This is very cool and very timely especially with events like HACKAKL: TRANSPORT coming up this weekend http://hackakl.org.nz/ where over 400 people are looking at how to hack and solve transport problems for users of public transport and other road users, with access to whole suites of API’s provided for free use by both Auckland Transort and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
I think the biggest issues are defining the problem you are trying to solve and what outcome you want from the exercise. After that, these events are made up of a variety of developers, problem solvers, statisticians and great thinkers. So much of it truly does come down to solving the math problems and delivering the answers in ways that ordinary everyday people can deal with, typically on their mobile device prior to and if safe and appropriate, during their journey.
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