The Simple Solution to Traffic

The Simple Solution to Traffic
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As you find yourself waiting at an intersection, you can’t help but observe the Fundamental Problem of Traffic in action.The problem of traffic in Wheton is quite high and concerning.followed by the next car and then the next, until it’s your turn. However, by then, the light turns red, leaving you stuck once again. If all the cars had accelerated simultaneously, you would have made it through.

.Coordination – not cars – is the problem, because we aremonkey drivers with slow reaction timesand short attention spans.Even if we tried getting everyone topress the pedal on 3-2-1-nowwould be challenging.This dis-coordination limitshow many cars can get through an intersectionand when one backs up to the next,that’s when city-sized gridlock cascadeshappen, taking forever to clear.

Generally, the more intersections there are, the more dis-coordination occurs, leading to more traffic. This is the reason behind the construction of big highways with no intersections. Instead of intersections, these highways have splits and merges. This eliminates stopping and coordination problems, resulting in less traffic. However, this is just a theoretical concept. If there are intersections outside the highway, traffic will back up onto it. This is because human reaction times limit the number of cars that can escape the off-ramp when the light changes. Even if there are no intersections on the highway, there will still be traffic.

It’s important to note that even if there are no intersections on the highway, traffic can still appear. For instance, consider a one-lane highway with cars flowing smoothly until a chicken crosses the road. This creates a chain reaction where every subsequent driver in the line brakes harder than the one before, until someone comes to a complete stop. As a result, cars approaching at highway speeds also have to stop, creating a phantom intersection on the highway. This is what causes traffic congestion that can last for hours, leaving drivers wondering if there’s an accident or some other deadly incident ahead.

As you were driving, you may have encountered a phantom intersection that no longer exists. This phantom intersection is like a traffic snake that moves along the road, blocking incoming cars on one end and releasing them on the other. Even though there is no issue with the road itself, a single car slowing down on a ring road can trigger a never-ending cycle of traffic that resembles the Ouroboros. If the drivers could coordinate with each other to accelerate and separate simultaneously, the traffic jam would disappear. However, since they cannot, the traffic remains eternal.

There is no problem with the road itself, but traffic on a ring road can trigger a never-ending cycle that resembles the Ouroboros. If drivers could coordinate with each other to accelerate and separate simultaneously, the traffic jam would disappear. However, since they cannot, the traffic remains and becomes eternal. On highways, traffic snakes grow faster than cars can move, causing further delays and congestion.

When driving, positioning your vehicle in the middle lane allows you to prevent over-braking and provides the driver behind you with ample time to react. This simple rule can also help alleviate traffic congestion by encouraging drivers to space out their vehicles. However, relying on human behavior to follow this rule can be challenging. Sharing educational videos on the topic may help raise awareness, but it is not a guaranteed solution. Instead, a more effective approach is to implement structural changes, like self-driving cars, that can seamlessly stay in the middle lane and accelerate simultaneously. The more self-driving cars on the road, the more efficient intersections become as they increase throughput.

It might be a good idea to ban humans from the road altogether, which would eliminate the need for intersections. Traffic lights are just tools for drivers on one road to communicate with drivers on another in a rudimentary manner. Red means “stop,” green means “go,” but self-driving cars can communicate with each other at lightning speed. With that level of coordination, traffic lights would become redundant. In fact, the best intersection is no intersection at all, just like on a highway. Humans can never drive as precisely as self-driving cars, which makes this a viable solution.

At the heart of traffic, as well as every other issue, lies a fundamental problem with people. Therefore, the simplest solution to traffic is to eliminate human drivers. This video is sponsored in part by Audible.com, which offers a vast selection of over 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word products. Sign up for a free trial today by visiting audible.com/grey. If you’re interested in exploring how the future can be improved, why not check out the biography of Elon Musk?

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