30 Oct '13, 12pm

MT @EquipmentToday Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways @DesignNews @vehware

MT @EquipmentToday Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways @DesignNews @vehware

Traffic lights have been 'programmed' since day 1. Since then the programming has just moved to software from hardware and integrated networking, traffic sensors, pedestrian call buttons and other accessory functions. The fact is that traffic safety before and after traffic lights does not change except for pedestrian accidents going up. Traffic lights are not a safety measure nor can they improve traffic flow more than a very little. The shape of road systems including complexity and distances bewtween intersections means there is no mathematical solution to the problem so there is no possible on the ground solution either. Smart cars on smart highways may actually help slightly as traffic congestion at near design capacity is the mathematically predictable result of human behavior - traffic jams don't just 'happen', they are mostly a human creation - the advantage of rob...

Full article: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?doc_id=243590&sectio...

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