Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology imagined a scenario where cars communicate with each other using sensors. The sensors can tell the cars how far to stay away from one another while on the road.
The study outlines a mathematical model similar to how people board airplanes to illustrate how cars have their own "slot" on the road, much like how each passenger belongs to a boarding zone.
A steady flow at a slower rate could allow drivers to get to their destinations quicker and relieve bottleneck situations at a stoplight.
But this means controlling the speed of cars and how they group up at intersections.
A co-author of the study suggests by decreasing the speed of a car before the intersection, it would line up with its "slot," and cars would be able to pass through intersections without having to stop.
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