Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cruise Control For Pedestrians?

This is just weird to me. It's kind of cool but also kind of creepy; cruise control for pedestrians. It;s actually called "Actuated navigation" and uses GPS and electrical stimulation of the muscles to literally "drive" your body around unfamiliar locations, without having to consult a map.

Actuated navigation would combine GPS navigation with a new, direct method of delivering that information to the human locomotion system using weak electrical signals delivered to the muscles, using non-invasive electrodes on the skin. The signal interacts with motor nerves, which contracts the relevant fibers and forces you to change direction. Yeah, that's why I'm not so sure about it. You can learn more about it and decide for yourself though here.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.