The question put forward here is what can we do with all this information visualized so neatly? Analyzing the video it’s interesting to see that the points of congestion differ during one day, which means that physical investments in infrastructure in fact solve only temporary congestion problems. At the same time, this generates over-capacity at other moments during the same day. This is not only a waste of efforts and money, but it generates more new traffic off the peak hours, taking the iron rule ‘capacity generates mobility’ into consideration.
The real message behind this animation therefore should be that traffic congestion should be solved on a temporary flexible basis, using smart systems. Here the emergence of the Internet of Things is interesting. Physical elements such as freeways, cars, fuel stations and traffic lights generate information which is connected and immediately redesigned into actions that control the same physical objects. In addition, most traffic congestion is a consequence of stupid individual behavior. Perhaps in the future we should accept that we’re not the ones to drive the car.
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