New advances in technology have been flooding the news over the last decade. However, according to Popular Science, MIT has created an entirely new and unheard of idea. MIT has created an interaction system called “Light Traffic”. This system uses sensors to keep driverless cars at a safe distance from each other as they approach an intersection. The speeds of the vehicles would be automatically adjusted as the vehicle approaches the intersection in order to ensure that the vehicle turns or passes through the intersection without having to stop.
This new technology could make a significantly big impact on travel. This could allow people to save a lot of time when driving anywhere they chose to go. I think this would be especially beneficial in a city where people have to constantly stop and go at traffic lights. Additionally, as well as making travel more time efficient this system has several other benefits as well. Since less time will be spent stopping and going, less emission will be released. As a result, cars will be slightly greener than they previously were. On the other side of things this could potentially save a lot of lives. According to Insurance Information institute 900 people die each year from red light running, and over 2,000 people are injured. This new technology would ideally prevent all deaths and injuries from red light running.
Although there are several benefits to this program, the article fails to mention all the things that could go wrong with this technology. This seems like a really good idea but any malfunction in this technology could be detrimental and cause back to back accidents. If they were to go through with this “Light Traffic” system, I think it would be crucial to have several back up systems in case one went down and cars were not slowing down as they approached the intersection. Overall, I think this new system is a great idea however I believe it will be awhile before this technology is every actually introduced on our roads.
"MIT Envisions A Future Without Traffic Lights." Popular Science. Web. 26 Mar. 2016.
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