[探子回报] 轻松避开塞车时间、掌握马新通道路況!Don’t be at the jam, BEAT THE JAM with Hayden!

相信大部分南马的看官们都曾经历过以下状况:在往返柔佛新山或新加坡的途中,眼前突然出现让人措手不及的车龙!大人就曾经有过数次堵在关口内或半路上一动也不动的亲身体验,此时心里只有一个想法:「早知道就不来了…」

新山关卡及新马第二通道关卡绝对位居全球最繁忙的关卡之列,根据新加坡官方统计:平日每天约40万人次出入境,佳节和学校假期可达43万人次。近几年来,越过长堤的工作与旅游的人数日益增加,堵车情况更是日趋严重,或许大伙儿早已习以为常,认为堵在路程中1小时以下的状况尚可接受。随着年底学校假期及佳节将近,许多看官们都会趁着难得的节假日出外游玩;邻国新加坡的朋友们更是凭着强劲的外汇兑换率,纷纷涌入新山消费,为咱们注入「经济强心剂」,遇上堵车看来已是难免的事情,所以事先的行程规划就变得格外重要哦😯 !

Over two hours, that’s probably the average time we now spent waiting in the car to enter Singapore or vice-versa these days, and we all know how agonising it can be. With the festive season and school holidays coming up next month, there will be an expected 430,000 daily commuters at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, up from the normal daily commutes of 400,000 during the non-peak period.

We know the traffic is always bad in November and December, but the weekend crawl on any regular week now is just as terrible, and having spent over three to four hours waiting in the car was no longer unprecedented but the norm. So, if you are going through the Woodlands or Tuas checkpoints to Singapore (or Malaysia) for the year-end holidays, it’s highly advisable to check the traffic situation at both checkpoints before embarking on your journey.

新柔交通路况即时传送
An app way to avoid traffic jams at the Causeway & Second Link 

为了减缓交通拥堵状况,近年来两地出现不少关于关卡路况的网站或应用程序,而大人此前最常派遣的「大内密探」非 OneMotoring.com 及 Checkpoint.sg 莫属。

曾饱受长达3小时车龙之苦的36岁大马籍自雇人士陆维翊(Hayden Lak)可说是过来人。自幼便乘搭校车往返新马两地念书的他,毕业后留新从事科技事业之余仍得每周三次穿梭长堤,逾20年的堵车经历让他不禁扪心自问,何不发挥自身专业,设计出能让两地通勤人士受惠的手机运用程序呢?「不得不说,打从2015年12月至今,Hayden 所推出的 Beat The Jam 真的搭救了不少痛恨堵车的朋友呀!」

Having braved the traffic at the Causeway for over two decades since our schooling days all the way to commuting daily for work, thousands (including yours truly) have taken it for granted, and the additional price we pay for the strong currency exchange, depending on which side of the Straits you are on LOL! It was only recently that we have multiple traffic monitoring websites such as OneMotoring.com and Checkpoint.sg that are used by commuters from both sides to get a sense of traffic situation of all major roads in and out of the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoint, but we couldn’t help but feel a “crystal ball” would serve our needs much better.

Meet Hayden Lak, a 36-year-old Anak Johor and entrepreneur who runs a tech business in Singapore and has been commuting to and fro for two decades. It was a big deal for the permanent resident, who lives in Johor with his parents and drives into Singapore for work about three times a week, and his experiences led him to create a Web application that charts traffic trends at the Causeway and Second Link since December 2015 to help drivers beat the queues.

分享你手机应用程序的“处女作”吧
What inspires Beat the Jam! mobile app?

在开始研发这款手机应用程序前,我总是会先上网查看关卡通道的监视画面,但从住家出发至关卡的30分钟路程里,新柔长堤或第二通的车龙其实早已慢慢形成而拥堵进而耽误行程。为此我在1个月内研发手机应用程序 Beat The Jam,从谷歌地图数据、兀兰关卡和第二通道的交通情况分析与预估困在车龙中的时间及车龙可能持续多久,以便更妥善地计划我的出行时间!

Before I came up with the app, I relied heavily on footage from roadside cameras showing current traffic conditions while at home, but by the time I reach the checkpoint in half an hour or so, the jam might have built up. Using traffic data obtained from Google, I designed and built the app in about a month to be an all-in-one traffic monitoring and analysis tool that provides comprehensive traffic information at the Causeway and 2nd Link so as to Beat the Jam!. Besides providing traffic data from google maps and traffic camera images, the app displays traffic trend forecasts that are derived from historical data, up to 6 days in advance so that I could plan my trip across the border in advance, choosing to avoid the projected peak hours.

 

如何计算“通关”时间?
How do you calculate the time to clear?

透过谷歌地图里的即时交通数据,Beat The Jam 可以随机生成一个路况图表,我们根据历史记录优化整个应用程序,力求将通关时间的精准度提升到将近80%,大幅度提高实用性!

The time to clear numbers under the ‘Today’ tab are obtained from google maps’ real-time traffic data. From my experience as a daily commuter, the actual time to clear a route can sometimes be higher, especially at the causeway, so the app accounted for this variance by providing a range. In addition, the app display how traffic is trending over the last 1 hour for each route.

 

上网查看道路的监视画面,不就足够了吗?
Isn’t the traffic cameras good enough?

上网查看道路的监视画面虽能查看当下的路况,但却不能保证我们抵达该路段时依旧顺畅。为确保实时路况的准确性,Beat The Jam 也结合了谷歌地图和交通流量的数据分析为用户提供更完整的信息!

Think of the causeway traffic as a jigsaw puzzle, where the camera images are an important piece to the puzzle, but they don’t show us the full picture. Most notably, there aren’t any traffic cameras approaching the Johor customs, so by combining traffic camera images with google maps’ data and traffic trends, we’ll get the whole picture. Got it?

 

谷歌地图或位智是多数人的首选,你怎么看?
Isn’t Google Maps or Waze better?

谷歌地图、位智与 Beat The Jam 最大的分别在于我们并非全球定位系统,而是个一站式快速提供交通数据情况的手机应用程序,程序上的简易图像让人一目了然决定何时该出发或等待。

Google Maps and Waze are useful GPS navigation tools that provide relevant traffic information while you are on the roads. However, we wanted a quick way to find out the traffic conditions at the causeway while in office or at home, without needing to access these apps, so Beat the Jam! serves mainly as an all-in-one traffic monitoring and analysis tool rather than a GPS tool, and is intended to help us decide whether to cross the border or wait until the jam subsides.

 

如何预测当天和未来一星期的路况?
Can you really “forecast” the traffic conditions for the next 7 days?

虽然我不是什么言家,但我的应用程序会实时提取谷歌地图及新加坡陆路交通局(LTA)的数据进行分析,并与过去一周同一时段及过去3时的数据进行比对,推算并预测未来3时可能发生的路况。以此类推,应用程序就能根据历史记录推算未来24时,甚至是未来7天的路况;日子久了,所搜集的数据越多,所推算的路况就越精准!不久的将来,我希望将 Beat the Jam 推广到其他地点:包括首都吉隆坡、槟城甚至泰国曼谷等饱受交通拥挤的城市!

The 3-hour forecast shows us the traffic trend from 7 days ago, 3 hours before and 3 hours after the current time. Compare it with today’s traffic trend over the last 3 hours to predict how traffic will play out in the next 3 hours.

For the 24-hour forecast, the chart shows the projected traffic trend for the entire day and suggests the peak hours to avoid, based on the peak hour threshold of 30 minutes. The historical data we use is indicated under the ‘Reference Data’ field. In addition, there’s also the projected traffic trend for the next 6 days for each route under the ‘Forecast’ tab.

Going forward, we hope this solution can also be applied to solve traffic congestions in Kuala Lumpur, the Penang bridges and even to other parts of the world!

 

大家最关注的事项:免费还是付费?
And finally, will the app stays FREE forever?

此刻,我希望更多人有机会使用并体验这个手机应用程序所带来的便利,从而帮助我提升与改进。短期内还是会以免付费的形式提供用户下载,同时我也在为升级版的应用程序添加新功能,因此也呼吁大家多多关注,敬请期待!

I built the app as I wanted to help myself and everyone else. I’ve not ruled out charging for the use of the app, but for now, I just want people to use it so I can improve on it.

The app is still available for FREE download from the Apps Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android), and I am also working on some new ideas for the app so stay tuned for some exciting cool features and content coming your way!

 

快问快答
Quick fire questions …

最不可或缺的手机应用程序 / Must-have apps on your mobile phone?
毋庸置疑,一定是Whatsapp、Safari浏览器和 Beat the Jam!(必须的)!
Whatsapp, Safari and Beat the Jam! (must-have)!

最喜欢的电脑或手机游戏 / Favourite computer/mobile game?
曾经在苹果电脑风靡一时的电动游戏《淘金者》,现在也能透过手机版重温儿时的欢乐呵呵!
Lode Runner, I used to play it on my old Mac computer and it’s now available on the mobile phone!

每日必浏览的网站 / Favourite website?
亚马逊网上购物商城,保证能淘得本地罕见的书籍及电子产品!
Amazon, I could get some of the latest titles and gadgets that I can’t find locally

最爱不释手的电子产品 / Favourite gadget?
我的苹果iPhone手机,没有绝对活不下去
My iPhone, as I find it more user-friendly than Android phones

最上手的操作系统 / Mac or Windows?
微软视窗,从小接触至今已经成为我求学时代及工作上不可或缺的作业系统,是不是很惊讶?
Windows, I grew up using Windows even though I’m an iPhone user LOL!

最喜欢或最想到的国家 / Favourite countries?
日本,但我也很向往南非的野生动物园,超向往和狮子及老虎近距离接触!
Japan, and I can’t wait to visit South Africa for its safari and get up close with the wild lions and tigers!

最喜欢的美食 / Favourite local food? 
我比较偏爱白胡椒味的肉骨茶,所以本地美食首选为顺发肉骨茶及新加坡著名的發起人肉骨茶
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh in JB and Founder Bak Kut Teh in Balestier, and I prefer mine more peppery.

最喜欢的饮料 / Favourite beverage?
我算是无(啤)酒不欢,目前偏爱黑啤酒、尤其是美国品牌安德森山谷的燕麥黑烈啤酒。我也经常出没新加坡知名酒吧Ice-Cold Beer,除了种类繁多,他们家的虾酱鸡更是堪称一绝!
I love my beer, can’t live without it. Currently, I’m very into stouts and the Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is my favourite right now. You must check out Ice-Cold Beer in Singapore for its variety, and the fried chicken (har cheong gai) is worth dying for!

最值得推荐的餐厅 / Favourite restaurants?
首推位于新山Crystal Crown酒店二楼的的日本餐厅霧島酒藏和在新加坡位于山景道由意大利人经营的IO Italian Osteria餐厅;如有机会到日本东京,一定要到位于银座的Kyubey 久兵衛体验真正的日本“omakase”!
Kirishima Shuzou Japanese Restaurant in Crystal Crown JB Hotel and IO Italian Osteria in Hillview, Singapore and the best omakase I’ve had so far was from Kyubei in Tokyo, Japan!

如果能改变世界,我会选择 / If there’s one thing you can change in this world?
没有堵车,松一(大)口气,可以无忧无虑地过日子😄,其他的事情改天再说!
No more jam, so that I can relax and maybe focus on solving other problems (laughing).

 

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