In the Inevitable World of the Self-Driving Car, How Will An Intersection Work?

Yes, the subject may seem a little dry at first, but have a look at the intersection modeling shown in Emily Badger's recent article to see what continuously flowing traffic looks like at an intersection. A brave new world indeed.

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March 4, 2012, 9:00 AM PST

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


The era of the self-driving car is undoubtedly coming, according to a slew of recent articles. In this coming era, the rules of the road are in for a drastic rewrite.

For one, according to Badger, "we won't need traffic lights at all (or stop signs, for that matter). Traffic will constantly flow, and at a rate that would probably unnerve the average human driver." And glancing at a computer model demonstrating such a scenario, produced by Peter Stone, a computer scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, certainly provides a sense of unease.

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