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    Read This: The latest thinking on 'Peak Car'
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    Peak Car is the theory that one day soon, the global auto industry will reach its sales maximum and numbers will only decrease from then on. Increase in the number of city dwellers, concerns over pollution and crippling gridlock (all of which are conveniently shown above, in Beijing) could all ...

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    Report: Dubai may ban poor people from car ownership to ease traffic problems
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    In many ways modern, Dubai seems like some sort of science-fiction utopia. It emerged from the Middle East's desert seemingly overnight with some of the largest buildings in the world and it has police supercars patrolling the streets. It's not all perfect, of course, and like many cities, it's ...

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    Report: Invention turns traffic lights into a game to ease congestion
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    Sometimes, we get angry being stuck in traffic. We might be fuming about the person playing on their cellphone that rear-ended someone, or we might blame the person poking along in the left lane. And yes, sometimes, we might just blame the oppressive injustice doled out by traffic lights, ...

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    Report: These are the most traffic-congested cities in the western world
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    TomTom has released its congestion index for the second quarter of 2012, and Istanbul, Turkey took the dubious honor of being the most congested city in Europe. With a rating of 57 percent, the city suffers from more than double the average congestion of the rest of the continent. Warsaw, Poland ...

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    Study: How much time and money does your city's traffic cost you?
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    It may feel like you spend half your life in traffic jams, but that's just a delusion. According to this very spiffy – and highly depressing – infographic from Carbuzz, even Chicagoans are spending less than two percent of their waking existence staring at someone's muffler. There. ...

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    Study: Audi's "Road Frustration Index" plugs new A6
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    Audi's latest ad campaign for the new 2012 A6 claims to want to make the road "a more intelligent place," starting with asking drivers to pledge to be on their best behavior while behind the wheel. At the top of the German automaker's list of sins is driving while drinking a latte, leading us to ...

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    Report: And the winner for most congested European city is...
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    The trouble with European cities is that most of them were laid out long before the advent of the automobile. Little wonder, then, that nearly all of them suffer from terrible traffic congestion. But which is the most jammed of all of them? Brussels. The Belgian capital is also the seat of NATO, ...

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    Planned 405 Freeway closure has LA motorists thinking Carmageddon
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    If you've ever driven through Los Angeles, you understand how terrible the traffic can be. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, and your commute can come to a grinding halt regardless of the hour or day. For one weekend, however, LA commuters will know exactly when traveling on the 405 ...

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    Chicago inching closer to freeway congestion charges?
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    Chicago ranks number three on the list of cities with the worst traffic. Following a study by the Municipal Planning Council and the Illinois Tollway, one suggested way to remedy the issue is the introduction of congestion pricing on Chicago-area toll roads. This isn't the flat-fee congestion ...

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    Keeping Drivers at Bay: San Francisco mulls congestion charge
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    Boris Johnson for Mayor of... San Francisco? Our favorite municipal chief executive may be taking his time in dismantling the congestion charge in London, but his services may soon be needed in the City by the Bay, as local bureaucrats there contemplate instituting a new charge for motorists ...

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    Microsoft launches new Clearflow traffic avoidance system
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    Eric Horvitz is the president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, as well as being an AI researcher at Microsoft. When stuck in traffic one day in Seattle, he asked his nav system to reroute him via side streets, and the result was worse than being stuck on the ...

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    NYC congestion charge gets blocked by state
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    Manhattan's latest attempt at disguised taxation has ground to a halt in the most trivial fashion. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed congestion charge for cars and trucks headed into the city below 60th street was summarily ignored by lawmakers. Rather than a contentious fight in the state ...

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    Lane splitting - should it be legal?
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    There is a nice discussion going on over at AutoblogGreen regarding the act of lane splitting, which is when a motorcycle rides the dotted line in-between lanes. Lane splitting is a common practice in much of Europe, but here in the States it's only legal in California. Golden State law dictates ...

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    More common sense - Cellphones make you a bad driver
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    In light of the "backwards-travelling wave" that researchers recently discovered as a cause of congestion, another study has pinpointed a possible major contributor. The University of Utah's Traffic Lab uncovered that drivers paying more attention to yapping on their phone – hands free or not ...

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    Drivers lose a week of their lives waiting in traffic each year
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    Here's a news flash: traffic is a huge waste of time for commuters mired in rush hour gridlock. A recent study by the Texas Travel Institute unearthed some startling statistics concerning traffic, and everybody, including state and local governments, is paying huge. On average, drivers spend 38 ...

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    For whom the bell tolls? The bell tolls for SUV and sports car owners in London
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    The city of London, England must just not like us enthusiasts. In an effort to reduce congestion and emissions in the city, the government will impose a tax to enter the city. The cost will be based on the level of emissions a vehicle emits, in bands of A through G. The dollar amounts seem ...

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    Chinese leaders struggle to deal with boom in car usage
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    The growth in automotive sales in China is unlike anything the world has previously experienced, and as a result, Chinese government officials continue to have difficulty determining the role that motor vehicles should play. Beijing, for example, recently lifted most regulations on car usage, but ...

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    Study: San Francisco's HOV lanes increase traffic congestion
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    A new study of San Francisco's high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes has revealed something disturbing: more congestion. According to researchers at UC Berkeley and Cal State University, East Bay, in a 100 mile sample section of freeway, HOV lanes have counter-intuitively led to an increase in ...

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