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Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones
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5th Feb 2020
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Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones

A Berlin-based artist was able to generate fake traffic jams on the Google Maps interface simply by carting a wagon filled with 99 smartphones around a city block. In an experiment conducted in 2019 but published on YouTube this month, Simon Weckert was able to turn a 'green' street red by opening the Google Maps app on all 99 phones and leaving it running as he traversed various streets around the city.
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Susannah Guthrie
Congestion tax: Calls renewed for 'user pays' road charge
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25th Jun 2018
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Congestion tax: Calls renewed for 'user pays' road charge

Infrastructure Australia has renewed calls for a user-pays congestion charge, taking aim at the Federal Government for its inaction over the traffic choking our major cities. The body's latest report, a follow-up to its 2016 Infrastructure Plan, says the government "signalled its support for [the user-pays] proposal" in November 2016 but "no inquiry has been forthcoming" since, and called for it to "move forward on this important opportunity for reform".
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Scott Collie
Melbourne's most infuriating 'Redspot' congestion points ranked
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11th Oct 2016
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Melbourne's most infuriating 'Redspot' congestion points ranked

The 10 points in Melbourne's roads network most likely to have motorists seeing red have been ranked this week, with the release of the latest RACV Redspot survey. No surprise for locals, Melbourne’s north-east hosts a massive six of the top ten ‘Redspots,’ located in the corridor from Clifton Hill to Greensborough and Templestowe. Topping the list is the junction of the Eastern Freeway (M3), where it joins with Alexandra Parade and Hoddle Street.
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James Wong
The science of traffic jams explained in new infographic
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7th Mar 2011
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The science of traffic jams explained in new infographic

How do traffic jams start? It’s one of the great conundrums of our time, and one only set to get worse as more cars enter the rat race. Everyone has a theory on it, but few have made the science of traffic jams look as attractive as US-based consumer advice website CarInsurance.org in its new infographic.
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Tim Beissmann
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