After I moved to Cairo, I went and bought a Nuvi 1200 GPS from RadioShack here in Maadi. I felt I needed a good GPS to be able find my way around here in Cairo.
Having used a GPS from Becker when I lived in Poland, I thought that probably
Last updated by Bjørn Are Solstad at March 26, 2013.
I have tried many gps but only the nokia maps works here, I have it installed in my e90 cracked, for the traffic problems I.have a app on my blackberry thts it always updated as other users driving in cairo rate the traffic where they are and report accidents as well. This app works 24/7 via bbm network and is.called bey2ollak it is not 100% english but the traffic is given by rating so anyone may understand
I believe it could solvable.
Make a GPS-device that records the coordinates where a car drives. Place the device in 1000 taxi’s in Cairo that resides in different areas of the city. Use the collected data to get accurate coordinates to compare with current maps of Cairo. Compare the data collected with current GPS-maps.
Point of interest data could be collected from sources like Foursquare and others.
Make the whole thing community-driven. Release the maps for free for anyone that contributes to the community, and everyone using the maps would participate in improving them.
In the end the maps could be commercially released for those that have not yet made any substantial contribution to them.
Traffic data could be collected with buttons on the device where people could themselves tell the system that there is high/moderate/low traffic where they are currently located. IT would require a way to transmit the data back to the system of course. 3G/SMS/WiFi are possibilities.
Such a device collecting AND providing GPS-data could be developed here in Cairo and then be exported worldwide.
What do you think? Is it doable?
Cairo traffic problem is not easy to solve but it is solvable, may be within 3-5 years at least.
I’m an IT specialist, I think if we can’t solve the GPS problem, we can invent other technical solutions based on internet WIMAX appling for cheap tablets in the market, may be it is an alternative solution.
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