Mapopolis.Com has released a public beta of Mapopolis ClearRoute. This application, working in conjunction with a handheld and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, gives users real-time routing that avoids traffic slow-downs and accidents.
The new system, which will be available for purchase later this month, provides both spoken and visual prompts to alert the driver to each upcoming turn. For users with an Internet-connected handheld such as a Pocket PC Phone, the data is updated dynamically throughout the trip, and the user re-routed based upon current road conditions.
The software uses the actual road speeds to adjust the route, so if a road is just going slightly below the posted speed, the route may not need to be adjusted. If it is going significantly below the normal speed or an accident has caused a dead-stop, then the route would be automatically re-calculated.
The public trial covers ten cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, LA, and San Francisco. When the product is released it will cover over 70 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
The only available beta is the Pocket PC version. A Palm OS version of ClearRoute will released with the company’s Palm Navigator product early next month.