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MIT System Puts Citywide Traffic Lights In Unison
2014-07-07 15:01:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Traffic can be the bane of a modern urban lifestyle and cities have used computer algorithms to time a single traffic light or a collection of lights in the most efficient way possible. Now, a team of researchers from MIT has devised a system that times traffic on a citywide scale, according to an upcoming report in the journal Transportation Science. “Usually in practice, when you want to time traffic lights, traditionally it’s...

Permitted Left Turns Present Serious Danger For Pedestrians
2013-04-03 12:03:34

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Executing a ℠permitted´ left turn while driving through your neighborhood can be a risky maneuver. These are different from the ℠protected´ left turns, which are indicated by a solid green arrow. Permitted left turns are allowed when there´s a break in oncoming traffic. This means drivers who attempt this tricky turn may only be focused on cars hurtling towards them and not other potential risks —...

2013-02-04 23:02:18

A deadly roadway in Bell County, Texas has drawn attention from personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm, who highlight the need for improvements that would increase the safety of the intersection at Sparta Road and FM 439. Belton, Texas (PRWEB) February 04, 2013 The dangers associated with the intersection at Sparta Road come on the heels of a serious accident involving the firm's clients, who were injured in a crash on January 2, 2013, according to Carlson Law Firm Partner,...

2012-03-15 12:27:27

Hundreds of lives are being lost each year in the United States because of mistakes made in what engineers call the “dilemma zone” — that area before a stoplight intersection where the traffic light turns yellow and the driver isn´t sure whether to stop or go ahead. New research at Oregon State University will help to more precisely identify that danger zone. Traffic engineers can then use than information, along with advanced technology that can monitor the speed...

2012-02-20 11:33:16

Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another as they are managed by a virtual traffic controller, says computer scientist Peter Stone. "A future where sitting in the backseat of the car reading our newspaper while it drives us effortlessly through city streets and intersections is not that far away," says Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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