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CB Radio for Smartphones
June 3, 2015   
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Young computer scientists from the central city of £ód¼ have developed an app they say will be a modern version of CB radio—but without the troublesome antennas and handsets.

After the app goes commercial, drivers will be able to talk to one another using their smartphones connected to the internet and exchange information about traffic jams, lines in front of highway toll booths, and accidents. Drivers will communicate through voice messages and will be able to specify the radius within which they want to be heard. They will also receive public announcements about traffic obstructions, without having to search for this information on the internet.

The students worked on the app during their internships under the auspices of the Microsoft company in the labs of the Faculty of Microelectronics and Computer Science at the £ód¼ University of Technology.

The team has also decided to adapt their application to the needs of those traveling by other means of transportation. The students say they came to the conclusion that such an app is only a step away from a system transmitting information at train stations, bus stations or airports.

The project is called Mercudio in reference to Mercury, the mythical Roman messenger of the gods, and the word “audio.” The application will appear under this name in online stores. In addition to Microsoft, the project has been supported by Marcin Franc-IT Consulting, a company run by a £ód¼ University of Technology graduate and doctoral student.

The designers want their app to be easy to use and intuitive. It is also important that many people can use the application at the same time, they say. In addition to a version for the Windows Phone 8.1 system, the team is also developing versions for platforms such as Android and iOS, expanding the group of potential users. The app will have additional functionalities that are expected to attract users.

Karolina Olszewska
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