Traffic is pretty near the top of the list of the most evil things in the world. Traffic makes people angry and unhappy. Traffic wastes a colossal amount of fuel. Traffic encourages the construction of massive, expensive and wasteful roadways. But there's no good solution. Not yet anyways.
New research coming out of the University of Texas shows that there might be a way to avoid all the anger and waste that traffic brings on our society, and all they need is to put an RFID tag in your car.
Kara Kockelman has created a computer model that shows that per-mile tolls for congested roads at high-traffic times of the day will increase rush-hour traffic speeds by about 25 miles per hour.
The solution is an elegant one because it decreases traffic without added infrastructure. It's inelegant because it raises all kinds of freaky privacy issues and also the technology would make it possible for the police to automatically give you a ticket if you ever drive over the speed limit. And that would be lame.
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