In 2014, Americans spent 6.9 billion hours trapped in traffic. During traffic jams, the average commuter used an extra 19 gallons of gas. This amounts to $160 billion in lost time and fuel each year.
In many big U.S. cities, traffic may waste over 100 hours per year for the typical driver. At a typical workplace, that's enough time to take two and a half weeks off. Fortunately, researchers are working to reduce traffic congestion, whether via the development of driverless cars or the use of artificial intelligence in traffic lights.
For example, long lines at traffic signals might be a thing of the past thanks to Aston University researchers' new artificial intelligence technology (AI). The first-of-its-kind system scans live video footage and adjusts the lights to compensate, keeping traffic moving and decreasing congestion.
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