Researchers have been utilizing location data to produce actionable intelligence that allows governments to save and improve the quality of citizens’ lives. Mobility-based studies continue to gain traction in academia and are being leveraged to unearth the hidden effects of various urban issues. One such problem is traffic congestion.
As the size of the global population increases, so does vehicle ownership. As a result, traffic congestion is only going to get worse with time. Policymakers must have a thorough understanding of the true impact of traffic jams so that they can undertake suitable interventions to address them.
Minoru Higa, a scholar from Simon Fraser – one of Canada’s leading research universities – used Quadrant’s mobile location data to determine if traffic congestion influenced the time people spent at work. This is a unique research focus that has not been explored in existing studies. Here, we discuss how they utilized our data alongside other third-party data to answer this question.