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A Tool for the Traffic-Averse

Kim Hart

For all you road-weary commuters, I just heard about a handy service launching in the Washington region.

Using an application you download to your cellphone, you can get live video streams and photos of the traffic on the roads you travel most. It's a partnership between NBC and 3rd Dimension Inc., called NBC Washington Traffic Cam.

The service lets commuters get updates on the road conditions by checking in with a network of more than 450 roadside cameras in the District, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. It's advertising supported, so it's free for you.

The cameras are operated by the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, City of Fairfax Department of Public Works and the D.C. Department of Transportation in association with TrafficLand, Inc.

You can store favorite routes and avoid gridlock areas before you embark on your quest on the clogged roads. Download the application here.

The service has already launched in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Detroit. It's also available in Knoxville and Kansas City, although it's curious to me that it was introduced in those markets before launching in a notoriously traffic-ridden region like Washington.

With gas prices being what they are, it might be wise to plot a clearer path to work in the morning, rather than wasting gas idling in stop-and-go traffic.

By Kim Hart  |  July 14, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Can you (or a reader) please post the actual WAP download link? I am not receiving a text message from the website when I submit my mobile #. Thanks.

Posted by: Steve | July 15, 2008 11:40 AM

I don't know about the metro DC area, but here in California it is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Now, somebody wants you to look at videos on your cell phone while driving, to see what the traffic is like?


More than likely that view will be more accurate than anything you will see on your phone.

Posted by: blasher | July 16, 2008 11:14 AM

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