Out-of-town drivers entering
Beijing will get a free computer-generated map at 16 entry and exit points on
cross-city highways starting next month to show the shortest way to selected
destinations inside the Chinese capital.
Along with the shortest driving route, traffic signs along the route also
will be marked in the computer-generated maps, Beijing News reported yesterday.
The so-called "best route" is based on vehicle model, distance, real-time
traffic conditions and possible driving period, said the report.
Drivers of the vehicles carrying dangerous chemicals will be informed of the
banned sections and time periods.
The measure has been in a trial operation at the Majuqiao outlet on the
Beijing exit of Jingjintang Highway for more than four months.
The measure enlarges use of the current road-data system and it will help
ease traffic conjestion, said an official with Beijing's transport
An earlier survey conducted at the 16 exits showed that 65.2 percent of
motorists said they knew little about traffic conditions in Beijing and that
81.1 percent were in urgent need of free road guides.