Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Traffic feed problems

From Thursday evening February 5th through Monday the 9th, the City of Austin's traffic feed was malfunctioning. My app Austin Traffic relies on this feed for the data that are displayed. For most of this time Austin Traffic kept showing the same accidents from Thursday like they hadn't been cleared even after 24 hours. Then on Sunday the feed of incidents was cleared and it didn't show any issues, even during empty during peak traffic hours. When I checked again at 5:30 PM on Monday, it was finally back up and working properly.

Unfortunately there isn't much that I can do about situations like this. In the future I might be able to incorporate some sort of messaging system into the app to alert users when there is a known problem. That's not too high on my priority list though because this is the first time I've ever noticed any problems with the traffic information feed. For now I'm focusing on developing version 2 with great new features.

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