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Driving App Waze Helps Solve the Maze and Traffic of Boston’s Roads

Boston’s terrible traffic will hopefully be alleviated by the Waze app.

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It’s a long-time myth that Boston’s roads are a labyrinth because the roads are based on cow paths from when the city was first built. The city’s tangled web of roads can be frustrating on an average day, and during special events, like the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade, it can be downright impossible to get from one side of the city to another in a reasonable amount of time. It’s no wonder that city traffic managers are looking to outside resources to alleviate the worsening congestion in the tangled web of roads.

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Can These Two College Students Solve the Carpooling Puzzle?

Two students from the University of Costa Rica want to reduce the number of wasteful solo car trips by making carpooling with strangers safe and easy.

Last December two computer science majors from the University of Costa Rica, 22-year-old Mario Alberto Barrantes Quesada and 23-year-old Wagner Alberto Alvarado Quesada, were stuck in a traffic jam. As they inched along in their car, they heard a radio program talking about the benefits of carpooling. The duo decided to put their tech skills to good use and designed Carpooling Mate Finder, a mobile phone app that will make it easier to find someone to ride with based on common routes and schedules. Their app won a finalist spot in Microsoft's Imagine Cup, the world's premier technology competition for socially conscious high school and college students happening next month in New York City. I caught up with Mario and Wagner via Skype.

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