Playing at traffic management

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Emergent Urbanism takes a look at a traffic control simulator game set up by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies Intelligent Transportation Institute.

It all seems lighthearted enough, but Emergent Urbanism draws some profound conclusions: “The Intelligent Transportation Systems Institutes of this world are trying to create intelligent traffic control tools, but those are another form of fake complexity. When all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are optimizing their behavior based on simple traffic rules, that is when traffic becomes intelligent.”

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