MIT hopes to eliminate traffic lights

March 18, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By Lucas Mearian

MIT vehicle-to-vehicle communication

As vehicles become more wirelessly connected, communicating with each other and the infrastructure around them, traffic lights may become an unecessary impediment in getting from A to B.

Instead of stopping for traffic lights, sensor-laden vehicles would communicate with each other and perform a kind of ballet around each other, according to a new study by MIT.

The study claims this kind of traffic-light-free transportation design, if it ever arrives, could allow twice as much traffic to use existing roads.


Vehicles are emerging today that use sensors to remain at a safe distance from each other as they move through a four-way intersection. By removing the waits caused by traffic lights, these so-called Slot-based Intersections speed up traffic flow.

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Source:: Computer World


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