The new tool for fighting traffic congestion in Washington State is- the Bluetooth?? Yep, drivers with Bluetooth devices who use I-5 between Lacey and Tacoma will be tracked in the next couple weeks by the Washington State Department of Tranpsortation (WSDOT).

It’s not that the folks at the WSDOT want to listen in on your conversations- nor could they if they wanted to- but the signal Bluetooth devices give off shows where vehicles are located. Gathering data on where cars are will help analysts determine where in the I-5 corridor people are traveling to or from to see if there are alternative roadways that could be built or improved to take traffic off the freeway.

The News Tribune looks at the technology involved and how the tracking will work.

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