Beat Kenya’s park­ing in­san­ity

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Kenya’s cap­i­tal, Nairobi, is no­to­ri­ous for its con­gested roads, and mo­torists end up wast­ing petrol and time search­ing for park­ing once they’ve reached their des­ti­na­tions. Now, Pa­trick Waweru, a com­puter science stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Nairobi, has de­signed a traf­fic-mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem to ease the jams. By us­ing buried ge­o­mag­netic sen­sors that de­tect Earth’s mag­netic fields, his sys­tem may be able to tell when a ve­hi­cle has parked, and when it has left. Waweru’s soft­ware dif­fers from ex­ist­ing traf­fic-con­ges­tion mon­i­tors be­cause it sends text mes­sage alerts to driv­ers. This will by no means solve Nairobi’s traf­fic prob­lem, but it might ease the frus­tra­tion of mo­torists seek­ing park­ing. – Grethe Koen

If you’re in Kenya, the sys­tem can be down­loaded on to a smart­phone from the

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