Top automakers are developing technology that will allow cars and traffic lights to communicate and work together to ease congestion, cut emissions and increase safety

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  1. kardiffkook

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    Someone will hack this I guarantee it. I’m not saying like some stupid life hack bullshit, I mean someone will change lines of code for their own ends kind of hack.

  2. joepaulpavlin

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    Oh boy, we can’t even tech secure anything we already have now my car can talk to the traffic signlas? Guess who is going to watch a YouTube tutorial to hack his car and ensure the light changes to green for me constantly?

    Seriously, this is a bad idea. It was a bad idea when Tokyo or Singapore, or some place started using a tech for traffic signals to tell certain cars how much time was left on the light. The car than displayed it to the driver. It is a great idea that provides no real benefit and allows for abuse.

  3. wjw75

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    Where I live they use traffic light timings not to ease traffic flow, but to purposefully and actively “encourage other means of transport” – e.g. there’s a particular T junction where the traffic is routinely held at a red light in every direction for literally no reason, whether there are pedestrians around or not.

    Compounding this, they’re looking at adding technology to all the near-empty busses that lumber around the centre to give them priority at all traffic lights, turning everyone else’s red.

    So I can only see this technology being used to further the aims of the anti-car zealots that worm their way into the council offices.

  4. deleated

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    A few years ago I’d driven to the supermarket and was on my way home, sitting at traffic lights at a crossroads. It was a dark and rainy evening. I was tired and slow to pull away when the lights went green.

    As my car started to move a coach drove straight through the junction on red at about 50mph. At the time I just thought how lucky I was that I hadn’t pulled straight out when the light went green, in which case the coach would certainly have killed me.

    But the more I look back on that moment the more I think the traffic lights should have been clever enough to detect a fast moving vehicle going straight through the red light. They could have made my lights remain on red. You could imagine a light system that tells you to stop or you’ll have an accident.

    Traffic light cameras are clever enough to issue you a ticket for going through on the red but they’re not clever enough to try and stop an avoidable accident.

  5. mwax321

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    Finally…

    Just had to drive through Chicago, where traffic jams are caused by incorrectly timed green/red lights. Green light coming off a hwy exit ramp dumps into 100ft single lane road with a 5 minute red light. Can only fit 10 cars at a time. IS NOBODY ANALYZING TRAFFIC?!?

  6. funnysad

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    Yes yes sir Lexus, right this way good sir… I SAID WAIT YOUR TURN FORD ESCORT! Dear me, I do apologise Lord BMW, the rabble are quiet distasteful today indeed.

  7. nopantsirl

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    They say “work together to ease congestion, cut emmisions, and increase safety,” but all I hear is, “rich people will encounter shorter and fewer red lights.”

  8. Vaeon

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    Added bonus? The government will always know *exactly* where your car is, and insurance companies can access the data so they know how much to overcharge you.

  9. Dragoniel

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    It had better communicate with cyclists too, ffs. There already was a fiasco when someone decided to operate those lights with pressure plates that can not detect a bicycle.

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