These Futuristic Driverless Car Intersections Forgot About Pedestrians and Cyclists

The super smart folks at MIT’s Senseable City Lab have produced this great video of how an urban intersection might operate in a world of driverless cars. The smart, signal-free crossing offers everything we want from autonomous vehicles: fewer emissions, better traffic flow, less delay—all at a collision cost of zero.

The MIT team visualized this “digital traffic controller” as part of a project called DriveWAVE.

Imagine a city without traffic lights, where lanes of cars merge harmoniously from one to the next, allowing traffic to flow smoothly across intersections. This futuristic vision is becoming reality. The development of autonomous driving promises to revolutionise the landscape of urban mobility.

DriveWAVE obviously isn’t meant for direct implementation onto city roads tomorrow. But the video raises a couple points worth acknowledging as we steadily move toward the driverless car era.