Clear Light’s Denis Eirikis Writes in America Planning Association Newsletter

Fresh off the presses, here is a link to this month’s American Planning Association’s TDP News for an article on Driverless cars and Long Range Transportation Planning by Clear Light’s Denis Eirikis.

One response to “Clear Light’s Denis Eirikis Writes in America Planning Association Newsletter”

  1. denis says:

    Name: Wadani
    There was no indication in the article how much driverless systems would cost. Equipping cars with all those lasers, sensors, GPS navigation systems, artificial intelligence and who knows what else will be expensive.=================================================In the end, it will be much simpler than this. Much of those sensors are to figure out where the road is, and then to figure out where the other cars are. This is called non-cooperative control.Imagine a bunch of RFIDs embedded in the road, like those little reflectors, each one telling the car unambiguously, you are here, you are here, you are here, intersection ahead. A lot of really hard sensor technology goes away.Likewise, you need not sense your eight nearest neighbors if you are talking to them: I am slowing down, I am speeding up, I am turning left, I am changing lanes. This is the sway the new aircraft control system will work, with collision avoidance worked out cooperatively and as needed, diverting each aircraft the minimum amount necessary.At one swoop, rear end collisions will be eliminated. The uncertainty associated with evaluating the next drivers behavior will be gone. What would be a breathtaking merge for three drivers will be commonplace with negotiated cooperation. This might easily increase the throughput of the roads by a third, while completely eliminating congestion, which is mainly an issue of uncertainty. In times of high volume traffic may slow down but the travel will be smooth and steady, and certainly faster than now. Area wide rerouting may take place with the help of satellite or drone based sensors.What we are seeing is a feasibility stage, the final technology will be much easier and cheaper.Rear end collision avoidance is already here, but again, it is noncooperative. A cooperative system will be much faster and much cheaper.

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