Thursday, December 14, 2017

What we can learn from bats to unsnarl traffic jams

Increasingly scientists are looking to nature for inspiration about how to solve our human problems. Bats need to get a bazillion creatures through a small opening in a hurry to overwhelm potential predators. Similarly when there’s an accident on I-whatever, we need to move a bunch of vehicles through a bottleneck before someone gets ticked off and shoots someone else in road rage, causing yet another accident.

As it turns out, bats are better at this evolutionary necessity than we. How do they do it? They pay attention to where all their fellow travelers are and keep an equal distance between them. In driving terms, this means you should pay as much attention to the car behind you as in front and keep an equal distance between them. Maybe soon adaptive cruise control and self-driving cars will help us be as smart as bats.

Math Says You're Driving Wrong and It's Slowing Us All Down - WIRED

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