Monday, November 12, 2012
A team of students from UC San Diego's Computer Science and Engineering Department has built an app to determine traffic patterns along the U.S. border.
“The Best Time to Cross the Border” mixes updates from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection with real-time reports from commuters. If a traveler is physically close to a port of entry, the app will collect his data, and use the crowd sourced information along with the official updates to create a more accurate time.
In addition to providing current wait times to enter the US from Canada and Mexico, it also tells you what is the best time to cross the border, via historical graphs. We average the wait times for the past three months and provide you with historical trends.
The hope for this application is that it might allow commuters the ability to avoid the excessively long wait times that have plagued border-crossers since security was tightened after 9/11.