It’s a great idea, but the industry is nowhere near capable of making it happen today

For a while, CGP Grey’s “Simple Solution to Traffic” video had me hooked because I could relate to all the pervasive issues that end up causing traffic. Then it ended up with a conclusion that was surprising and predictable at the same time.

But before I dive into what the video says is the solution to traffic, let me just say that CGP Grey made a great explanation on what causes traffic and how one incident can cause a ripple effect that eventually leads to gridlocks and slow-moving highway traffic. Apparently, human behavior is as much at fault as anything else. And as exciting as the thought of us all programming our minds to move at the same time to ease up on road congestion, evolution paints a far different picture.

This, of course, leads us to the CGP Grey’s solution to traffic: autonomous driving car, specifically on the level that they can communicate with one another.

I admit that the theory was exciting for a bit, but then I realized given where the auto industry is right now in the development of autonomous driving technology, having cars that communicate with one another to create a seamless flow of car movement in roads and highways isn’t going to happen for a long time. So yeah, the solution is there and it has some merit, provided of course that the technology to make it happen can catch up.

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