Will social network erase traffic?

February 10, 2011 12:00 AM

Thanks to a new partnership with several in-car console systems, drivers will soon be able to update their Facebook status and have their news feed and Twitter feeds read to them, reports MSN Autos.

Various systems, such as OnStar, Toyota's Entune and MyFord Touch have essentially made sure that social media becomes a daily part of our commute.

According to Popular Mechanics, however, the big story here isn't the danger of trying to listen to Twitter or Facebook updates from friends. It's the fact that social media in vehicles may just erase traffic all together.

With GPS devices already equipped with traffic data, the addition of driver's communicating via social media about roadways could add another dimension to solving the problem of clogged highways.

How far can this technology really go, though? As Tom Vanderbilt, of the book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), says, "The classic issue is if everyone is told road A is suddenly not congested, everyone shifts to road A, and it becomes congested. Past a certain point... route information isn't going to matter much."

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