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The study found that humans are better at controlling traffic than current computers

A new study says that humans are much better at controlling traffic in urban areas than current computer systems, leading to the development of new ones based on artificial intelligence.
Researchers from the University of Southampton conducted a study that found humans to be better traffic controllers than existing computer systems. They made this discovery through testing for BBC's "One Show," where the host used a laptop to control a traffic light junction at the InnovITS. Thirty drivers then attempted to reach an agreement on the accuracy of the traffic light. It showed that human controllers beat computers when it came to road congestion. 
As a traffic solution, the researchers have started developing traffic control computers that are capable of learning from experience the way humans do through artificial intelligence. 
"The demonstration carried out at InnovITS Advance indicates that the human brain, carefully employed, can be an extremely effective traffic control computer," said Dr. Simon Box of the University of Southampton Transportation Research Group. "In our research we aim to be able to emulate this approach in a new kind of software that can provide significant benefits in improving the efficiency of traffic flow, hence improving road space utilization, reducing journey times and potentially improving fuel efficiency."
Automakers have even started creating systems that can prevent traffic jams, like Honda, which partnered with the University of Tokyo to make new driving assistants. These systems track the behavior of the vehicle and determines if its pace could cause a traffic jam. However, the University of Southampton's AI system could take this to another level. 


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Sorry - but way.
By Dr of crap on 8/28/2012 8:17:01 AM , Rating: 2
Simple sensors or cameras could fix the waiting for a light to change problem.

But how about fixing the problem that when 20 plus cars get together on the freeway, you have to slow down??? You might say no that doesn't happen. Yea, watch the next time at rush hour. And IF ANY brake light comes on, you can count on a speed reduction of at LEAST 20 miles per hour. ALso any curve, or hill will have the same effect.

So don't tell me humans are BEST at getting the traffic figured out! Maybe on city streets, where there aren't to many cars to deal with and the speed is slow, just maybe. But at high speed, humans are the worst!

RE: Sorry - but way.
By Rukkian on 8/28/2012 9:17:33 AM , Rating: 2
Not that the article really gave much other than some researchers think they can do something, but the article had nothing to do with freeways, or high speed. It is about intersections (stoplights) vs a person (police officer) controlling traffic at an intersection.

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