Microsoft could soon be using it’s technology to predict traffic jams before they even happen. Microsoft is teaming up with the Federal University of Minas Gerais, on the Traffic Prediction Project to crunch all traffic data, including historical numbers where available, from transport departments, road cameras, Microsoft’s Bing traffic maps, and even drivers’ social networks, to see if established patterns can help foresee traffic jams from 15-60 minutes before they happen.

VentureBeat tells us how it could work, using big data.

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