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  • Online Traffic Data (UK)

    (EDITED)
    Was originally about route 66 tmc data from the web, now mainly looking at TPEG info used by BBC, UK highways agency and others for free; this may be available in Europe and others too.

    I'm looking at making an easy way of making this data available in a processed format for use in VOICES and perhaps others.

    So far UK data can be downloaded from http://www.stevieg.org/traffic as a CSV file and imported straight into MapPoint; this data is processed on demand from the BBC travel website into a suitable format
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  • #2
    This looks very interesting.
    The tie up between traffic data and GPS is long overdue.
    We just need someone to write some software to download this data and integrate it into a GPS app!
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    • #3
      Looks very useful. Lets see if I can use it in VOICES

      Don't think its lat/lon take a look at this
      cause http://rs0124.66.com:8080/tmc?time=0&l=ENG&m=deu8&u=1

      ThanX
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      • #4
        For UK it looks like lat/lon but for Germany either I got the address wrong or there is something else
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        • #5
          Found some more, for the UK at least:

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/xml/tpegml_en/rtm.xml

          BBC Travel News in XML format
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          • #6
            What we really need is to be able to access the trafficmaster data.

            I did email them about getting a device to connect to a PC/Laptop, but said they had no intentions of doing anything yet.

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            • #7
              Minnesota has similiar traffic data: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/tmc/traff...ata/index.html

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              • #8
                I think it is TMC format, that has codes for different types of incident which can then be translated into each country's native language.

                I assume in route 66 this data is shown by highlighting each road? If so perhaps some of the data relates to individual roads, not co-ordinates, and perhaps the junctions/distance along them. Gonna be a bit tricky to import into other GPS programs?

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                • #9
                  Yes in route 66, it highlights the position of the problem on the relevant road. I've written a script ( http://supra.aston.ac.uk/tmc.php ) quickly that sort of converts it into mappoint / autoroute compatible CSV file and it gets it in the right place for most of them.

                  The UK government also has a website which supplies the BBC and others which shares information; their website is at http://www.tih.org.uk/TIH/Index.do

                  I am going to have a look at parsing the XML file from the BBC website though first rather than the route 66 because in theory, everyone with a TV licence in the UK has pre-paid to use the data from the BBC website so they are less likely to moan!
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                  • #10
                    For the BBC data, see this page also
                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/xml/
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                    • #11
                      @steve Thats cools. I will try include the CSV import for traffic data in the next version of VOICES.
                      One more thing the route66 seems to have more traffic data than BBC.

                      Regards
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                      • #12
                        @steve Great work.
                        @Satish So with a internet link it may be possible to get traffic updates in Mappoint/Voices - that would be an amazing system.
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                        • #13
                          @chunkymonkey909 thats the plan to begin with. May be later if I can figure out some way to block a part of route in Mappoint to force it to take another route we could reroute to bypass the problem area but thats just an idea rite now don't know how it will workout in mappoint.
                          @steve Do youknow any webpage where I can get live data for rest of Europe especially Germany

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                          • #14
                            I will spend some of today writing a script to pull the two down, sort them, and produce them as one file from a location that won't change with some decent descriptions etc
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                            • #15
                              @steve Could you write a VBscript or javascript to convert a standalone file. I will then convert in to C++ code. Then I can include a funtionality in VOICES to directly download the file , convert , import and mark it in VOICEs for the next release

                              Satish
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