If the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has its way, the future of personal transportation might be smart intersections rather than self-driving cars.
Red light cameras. Don't you hate them?
Drive like a sheep, and you get stuck. Break some rules here and there for the good of traffic flow, and everyone benefits. A new traffic study by physicists at Sweden's Umea University found that while we're all taught to obey the traffic rules no matter what, doing so just makes for bottlenecks. Mix in some maverick drivers, however, and suddenly, logjams begin to ease as the percentage of drivers willing to pass on the right or zip past a pack of trundling cars on a two-lane actually help to
USA Today ran an article a couple of days ago about cities converting one-way streets back to two way. Evidently one-way streets became popular in fifties to improve traffic flow, and to make evacuation easier in the event of a nuclear attack. The city of Hamilton, Ontario where I grew up had one way streets, which, combined with
Here's something we wish every highway planner was required to use any time they had a bright idea (like those darned roundabouts they're so fond of calling "rotarys" here in Massachusetts!). This neat little Java-powered (much like us AutoBloggers!) website allows you to adjust and model traffic flows on a variety of road conditions. The Dresden University Institute for Economics and Traffic has made quite a study of traffic dynamics, and this website is just part of a larger study of where tho