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How self-driving car or adaptive cruise control could ease traffic jams

July 6, 2018View for printing

Driving around on summer weekends or heading out on vacation, travelers often find themselves caught in a "phantom" traffic jam that defies explanation.

Well, just in time for road trip season, a National Science Foundation study reveals that having a single self-driving car on the road can reduce congestion by influencing the traffic flow of at least 20 human-controlled automobiles around it. In fact, simply using the cruise control systems that are installed in many everyday vehicles can put a dent in traffic snarls, a follow-up study in collaboration with Ford found.

Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY ... /741985002/
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