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Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour

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Even a few driverless vehicles on the road will alleviate some traffic problems, according to a study by researchers at Canada's University of Calgaray.

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Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada have found that adding even a few automated vehicles to the traffic pattern will positively influence all traffic flow, resulting in faster, smoother commutes for all drivers.

Automated vehicles influence traffic with their good behaviors, because they maintain the ideal distance from other vehicles and ideal speed for each situation, which in turn influences the driving habits of human-controlled vehicles in the area, according to the researchers.

The researchers focused on Anticipatory Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) systems, and found that just a few cars equipped with this technology will make a noticeable difference on commuter frustrations like bottlenecks. For example, an AACC-equipped vehicle can react to changes in traffic in just 1.5 seconds, compared to 2.7 seconds for manually-driven cars.

From University of Calgary
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