Real-time traffic vendor INRIX has set a deal with open source software company Canonical to provide traffic, incident and parking information for the world's first Ubuntu smartphone, BQ's Aquaris E4.5, which was announced on Friday. Canonical's unique "Scopes" system enables users to access information direct from the home screen, with the "NearBy" Scope making information about local amenities and important information on the user's vicinity accessible.
The new handset will feature INRIX's data via the NearBy Scope, providing users with crucial information including:
- Incident alerts. Incident alerts tell users what to expect on the road ahead, including details about the incident and its expected impact, ensuring users always know the quickest route to their destination.
- Traffic cameras. NearBy Scope users will enjoy real-time static images and video feeds (where available) from local traffic cameras along major roadways, providing users with insight into traffic conditions on the road ahead.
- Parking. This feature provides information for off-street parking facilities in the local area, including crucial data on pricing, maximum stay duration and even live parking availability.
We notice, that a similar service in Ukraine
provides project VIDEOPROBKI, which monitors the traffic situation with the own network traffic cameras. Data, including live video, so far only available for smartphones based on Android.