How Can Technology Help Solve Traffic Problems?

Few things are more frustrating than getting stuck in traffic when you’re already running late to get somewhere. Traffic doesn’t care if you’re going to roll into work a few minutes late – as usual – or you’re about to miss your brother’s wedding, and there’s little you can do about it once you get stuck in it. Let’s say you do manage to reach your destination on time only to get held up by trouble finding parking or getting your car into the available parking space. The good news is that many of these problems will soon be alleviated thanks to modern technology.

For example, a pilot program underway in Columbus, Ohio, has government vehicles collaborating with public data sharing programs in order to gain a deeper insight into traffic flow so that the pacing of their traffic lights can be adjusted accordingly.

Driverless cars will take this one step further, with the vehicles signaling to one another and anticipating intersection crossings well in advance. The vehicles will seamlessly adjust their speeds to avoid collisions, with everything running incredibly smoothly. Avoiding traffic will save companies lots of money and valuable time, not to mention how the gas savings will reduce our environmental footprint.

Improving Curb Interactions

What about those curb interactions that make up nearly a third of the traffic in densely populated cities? When it comes to cars seeking parking spaces or dropping off passengers and trucks unloading goods, digital curb mapping can make all the difference in the world. Modern mapping technology shared over the cloud with economic parties and city planners will allow driverless cars to know when they can use the curbs and when they are reserved for truck parking or freight uses in the future. To understand how big of an impact this can have, the problem currently costs Washington, D.C. alone $650 million per year.

Driverless cars could potentially decrease our collective use of energy by an impressive 90 percent while solving many of our most frustrating traffic problems.

This blog post was based off of an article from Cerasis. View the original here.

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