Big Data to predict traffic jams

Big Data is increasingly being used to find solutions to problems around the world. In this latest example, Microsoft has partnered with the Federal University of Minas Gerais, one of Brazil’s largest universities, to undertake research that helps predict traffic jams up to an hour in advance.

With access to traffic data (including historical numbers where available), road cameras, Bing traffic maps, and drivers’ social networks, Microsoft and team are set to establish patterns that help foresee traffic jams 15 to 60 minutes before they happen.

Microsoft has tested this model in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and claims to have achieved a prediction accuracy of 80 percent.

Magnum Pleasure Hunt

Last year to launch the all new Magnum Temptation Hazelnut ice-cream, Swedish agencies Lowe Brindfors and B-Reel created an advergame called “Magnum Pleasure Hunt Across The Internet“. In the game players were taken across 20 well known websites as they collected Bon Bons, the special ingredient of the Magnum Temptation Hazelnut ice-cream.

An extended video demo can be seen here.

Since the game did exceedingly well, Magnum and team have come up with round 2 which has been enhanced with 3D graphics. Also this time players are taken on a run in New York, made to fly over Paris and surf the waves in Rio De Janeiro.

An extended video demo can be seen here.

I think its a great follow up to the first version. Don’t you think? Experience Magnum Pleasure Hunt 2 at www.pleasurehunt2.mymagnum.com.