Taiwanese Traffic and Weather Data
The Taiwanese government has made public three months worth (April – June 2015) of weather and traffic XML data in hopes that the developers of the world can help solve this traffic cluster problem with software solutions.
- Background on the Traffic & Weather Data + Chinese/English Glossary [English]
- Background on the Traffic & Weather Data + Chinese/English Glossary [Chinese]
- April – June 2015 Taiwanese Holiday Calendar
- Column Description for Traffic XML [English / Chinese]
- Column Description for Weather XML [English / Chinese]
- Weather XML files (April – June 2015) / Weather JSON files (April – June 2015)
- Traffic XML files (April – June 2015) / Traffic JSON files (April – June 2015)
- Coordinate Information (WGS84) for Traffic Data CSV
- OpenXC Drive Traces for Taiwan (JSON) - NEW!
How to start
We realize that this is a lot of data so we came up with some easy ways to approach and start integrating the weather & traffic data into your Taipei tunnel traffic solutions. (Using this data isn’t a requirement -- but we definitely think it can give you a head start in understanding the problem and designing your app.)
- To help you better visualize the scale and scope of the data, we've mapped all of the vehicle detector locations along Highway 5.
- And here’s a map of all the meteorological stations.
Additional APIs & Data
Although no specific API or data integration is required, your app must focus on relieving the extreme traffic congestion on the Taipei-Yilan Freeway and in the Hsuehshan Tunnel during peak travel days, and promoting more efficient transportation between the Taipei metropolitan area and Yilan.
Additional tools you might find useful
- BRTData.org- A public platform to share BRT and high-quality bus systems data. Currently, it has data about 194 cities, serving 32,410,956 million passengers daily.
- http://1968.freeway.gov.tw - Traffic website for Taiwan
OpenXC is an API to your car that offers drivers more insight into how their cars run. Using the OpenXC platform, you can access the OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications even if you don’t have a Ford or even a car.
Using the OpenXC vehicle interface you can read vehicle data real-time — like the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed. Currently, OpenXC supports over a dozen different measurements on a growing list of Ford vehicles. To get started review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.
Please note that if you want to use OpenXC to interact directly with a Ford vehicle, you’ll need to download the closed source CAN translator firmware directly from Ford and sign a developer agreement.
Resources for Web Apps and Testing
- Drive traces:For web app integration and testing, you can use replayed trace data from previously recorded drives. You can find several driving datasets on the OpenXC site - including drive traces for Delhi please visit: http://openxcplatform.com/resources/traces.html. We've also added OpenXC Drive Traces for Taiwan (in JSON format).
- Crash simulation library: This set of Android code provides crash notifications to the registered applications. You can use this code to trigger crash scenarios and have your application respond to them. Check out theGit repository to view the documentation and learn more.
- OpenXC data outputs and dataset
- An example of a Web appthat can receive OpenXC data, record it to a disk, and visualize it.
SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink enable their mobile applications. Developers have the ability to extend the command and control of the mobile application’s features to the vehicle occupants in a responsible, non-distracting way through the use of familiar in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) such as SYNC Voice Command, Steering wheel and radio buttons.
The applications run on the mobile device without the need to install any third party software on the vehicle head unit. The AppLink APIs exchange program data as well as command and control information over a known transport layer allowing SYNC to exchange messages with an AppLink enabled application in a pre-determined format. This technology is similar to how Bluetooth phones and digital media are integrated and used on the SYNC production platform.
Learn more at Ford’s Developer Site: https://developer.ford.com/
Non-distracting In-Vehicle Interfaces
To be eligible, all submitted apps must conform to Ford’s In-Vehicle Approval Criteria for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces, if the intent is to use the app while driving. ((Note that a free Ford Developer Account is required to access these criteria. You can create a freeFord Developer Account at https://developer.ford.com/register.) For more information, see the national generally accepted principles for in-vehicle interfaces.
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