Driverless cars sound less and less like science fiction with each passing month, and that’s prompted widespread discussion about how they might change society. They will bring many changes, but when it comes to the car’s role in the city, they may just intensify current tensions.

The Atlantic Cities’ Emily Badger interviewed a research team of computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, who studied how to make intersections move far more cars than they can today. They devised algorithms that let cars flow through an intersection without need for lights that only let one direction of traffic move at a time.

But what’s missing from this diagram? How about ... people?

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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