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Are highway cameras actually live?

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Cameras located along U.S. highways provide either a live broadcast or still images that are refreshed and sent to the user every few seconds. Users and authorities need recent and updated traffic information, so cameras are designed to provide frequently updated or live streaming videos.

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Some of the thousands of traffic cameras on American highways provide a live video streaming of the current traffic situation, which is often available on Department of Transportation websites. Broadcasting a frequent sequence of still images is another common system of providing frequently updated traffic information. Highway cameras usually send still images every few seconds, making it just a bit slower than if the broadcast was live.

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