How Adaptive Cruise Control Can Help Reduce Phantom Traffic Jams
Studying traffic is really just studying people. After all, it’s our vehicles, habits and natural responses to stimuli (or lack thereof) that cause traffic in the first place. One traffic phenomenon that continues to vex us as drivers is something known as a “phantom traffic jam” and unlike a jam that’s a result of something physically obstructing the roadway, this is a jam that starts in our minds before it ruins our day.
Vanderbilt University and Ford are working on finding a solution to these phantom traffic jams, and surprisingly, their fix involves using something that’s already fairly common on modern vehicles: adaptive cruise control.