Saturday, June 07, 2008

Phone study confirms people aren't stupid ...

Reuters posted this story about people's driving habits.

According to the story, they tracked 100,000 people with special cell phones to determine their driving patterns ...

Most of us go to work, to school and back home in surprisingly predictable patterns, something the researchers said would be useful in city planning and preparing for emergencies.

Despite the diversity of their travel history, humans follow simple reproducible patterns, Albert-Laszlo Barabasi of Northeastern University in Boston and colleagues wrote in their report, published in the journal Nature.

In other words, we figure out the quickest route and then use it. Why in God's name would we drive random routes after we know what one makes the most sense?

Although this survey was conducted in Europe, I'm sure it was government funded.