How Road Traffic Jams Form

What triggers that small slowdown that, within minutes, on a very busy ring road, can turn into a mileage tail? According to experts, it is always the fault of the driver: ♪ Stop the nervous moment of a motorist, a braking a little ‘abrupt that forces to slow down the cars that follow, a small narrowing of the

So, all man’s fault? Probably, they support physicists: the problem is of a psychological nature, not a mechanical one. If the experiment had been conducted with planned automatons to drive around at 30 km/h, the traffic jam would never have been created. So the solution is to get the robots to drive the cars? For now, experts say that less drastic measures could be needed: for example better road network design and effective systems to enforce speed limits.

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