A television station in Sacramento is going to begin broadcasting five-day TRAFFIC forecasts today, according to this story on NewScientist.com.
Here's a snippet:
A traffic forecasting system capable of predicting traffic conditions seven days in advance will go live to the public in California on Wednesday.
Alongside the weather forecast, viewers of KXTV News 10 in Sacramento can now get 3D animations of their local road network, showing not only where the gridlock is but also where it is likely to be.
The system, called Beat-the-Traffic, is the first public traffic forecasting system that combines real-time traffic density and speed with historical trends on major routes.
It looks as though the system is from a company called BeatTheTraffic.com, who combines traffic sensor data (from the DOT) with their own predictive systems, based on season, previous traffic issues, sports events, etc.
This is totally cool. What I am waiting for is the convergence of this info on in-car screens. With so many cars now having GPS screens (as well as DVD monitors), how hard is it to display traffic info? I know the Acura RL has a traffic system on-screen in it's new car, can we expect to see this provided by others?