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Automated control system takes over vehicles during periods of high traffic congestion, to facilitate traffic flow and avoid gridlock.
Cars would be equipped with self-driving technology, including
onboard sensors (both vision cameras and LIDAR). Vehicles would
also be able to communicate with each other, as well as with a
central control node.
Automated system would take over during periods of heavy traffic
that vehicles would be able to coordinate with each
other in maintaining a high rate of throughput and good travel
time, instead of traffic gridlock.
System would first be deployed on downtown taxis, in the denser
urban environment where traffic congestion is highest. All taxis
would be required to have this hardware installed in order to
operate in the downtown area. In return, these taxi fleets would
receive a subsidy to allow them to lower fare costs and thus
increase their usage.
Pretty soon, usage of personally-owned vehicles in said urban
environment would become rare, and subsidized taxi rides would
be the norm. This would be a next step in urban transit, beyond
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||Do you write RADAR, SONAR/SODAR, and LASER too? Also note that the first time the term was ever used in print, it was capitalized "lidar".
||I was thinking about this and wondered if an information technology like this, with human driver, could be an add on. If this was the case there would be a few cars initially in the flow acting as control nodes over the blind cars. At some point, if the tech caught hold, the flow would have enough connected cars for the speed to be safely increased.
||But all the better with a 100% of autonomous vehicles.