This is What Intersections Would Look Like with Robotic Cars

Technology 8 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Road Rage

Common Road Rage Situation

Scientists and engineers are working on a driver-less solution for our daily commuting needs. This is a controversial issue, but if you stop to think about it, is it really worth it to have the “freedom” to drive your own car? Over 40,000 people die every year from automobile related deaths, most of which could be prevented if everyone followed the rules. Despite our best efforts to thwart drunk-driving, more and more people are doing it. Even that only accounts for about 25% of automobile-related deaths. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the key factor that contributes to fatalities on the road is the human element. We cannot possibly police all the drivers on the road. Drivers are selfish and don’t realize they are causing traffic jams by breaking the rules, when they think they’re getting ahead. Especially here in America, we have abandoned the idea of queuing, something that is widely practiced in Europe. Even though the law states to use the lanes on the road to your best ability, people still line up single file behind each other when a lane is ending, then ignorantly honk or try to block the person that drives past them, even though that person is actually doing the right thing. Then there is the jackass that is chilling in the left lane on the expressway, going slower than the cars in the lane to the right of them, which is also illegal. Just think about how much faster your daily commute would be if cars could coordinate with each other electronically. Do we really need to have that much control, or would you rather the intersections look more like this during rush hour:

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