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The death of the traffic light

The death of the traffic light?

Friday 01 April 2016

Had enough of sitting at lights that seem to have been programmed by a sadist? It would seem one group of boffins are prepared to wait no longer…

The combined brains of MIT, the Italian National Research council and the Swiss Institute of Technology have developed a conceptual traffic system (”Light Traffic”) for a driverless future in which cars pass through intersections unencumbered by signals.

The slot-based system relies on sensors which keep the cars at a safe distance from each other and which automatically predict speed on the approach to junctions. All of which ensures no collisions and efficient traffic flow at busy intersections.


  1. Dezeen Magazine:
    MIT researchers plan “death of the traffic light” with smart intersections.
  2. MIT News:
    When slower is faster.


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