How to solve road traffic

I’ve long thought that traffic isn’t a capacity issue; it’s a human issue. Some of it is due to limited human capabilities, but most of it is due to human behavior.

This video sums up most of what I think:

This is really the heart of the matter, to me. If people would stop slowing down for every little thing, and if people would stop doing stupid stuff on the roads, then traffic would be drastically reduced. In my ideal world, driver education would focus less on the laws of the road (most of which are learned through experience anyway) and would focus more on driving skills and how to drive properly to avoid traffic.

In my ideal world, driver education would focus less on the laws of the road (most of which are learned through experience anyway) and would focus more on driving skills and how to drive properly to avoid traffic. Also, instead of these sorts of signs telling people to slow down:

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Picture Credit: By Downtowngal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There would instead be radar detectors that find people driving too slow and tell them to speed up to the flow of traffic.

The video also brought up autonomous cars, which is a really interesting point. As much as I like train-based mass transit, I think they’ll be obsolete once autonomous cars achieve mass adoption. Services like Lyft Line and uberPOOL will be adapted for autonomous cars and will replace trains and buses in one fell swoop. You can pay more for a luxury car by yourself that picks you up and drops you off right where you want to be, or pay less for a large vehicle shared with many people that stops at locations near where you want to be picked up or dropped off, or any number of options in between. And since autonomous vehicles use pre-existing roads, no new infrastructure will need to be built; the current infrastructure will just have to be maintained.

At least, it’ll have to be maintained until flying cars take over.

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