Drones and phones to tackle Indonesian holiday road chaos


JAKARTA: From drones to smartphone apps, Indonesia is harnessing technology to tackle traffic chaos during the annual mass exodus before the Muslim Eid holiday, when the potholed roads of overpop-ulated Java become clogged with millions of slow-moving cars and crashes are frequent. This trip is an annual ritual known locally as “mudik” that transforms journeys of a few hundred kilometers into 24-hour odysseys. The crush is particularly acute on Java, a crowded island that is home to more than half of Indonesia’s 250 million people. This year, however, a series of new technological tools are being rolled out in an attempt to ease the traffic chaos.



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