A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge carried out a test involving a fleet of miniature cars. This test is to study on multi-lane track to observe the flow of vehicles when a car stops in traffic.
According to the research, if a fleet of cars work in sync, it can improve the traffic flow 35 percent. When cars are not in sync, any car has to slow down or stop because the car ahead is at halt. In no time a long queue of cars snakes down the road. However, when cars are driving in sync with each other it sends a signal to other cars when one of them stops. A car at halt in the inner lane sends a signal to rest of the cars. As a result, those in close proximity slow down a bit to let the stopped car pass through.
Driven Vs Driverless Cars
When a human drives a car with driverless cars, they move in an aggressive manner. Therefore, the automated cars give way to upkeep with safety measure and avoid accidents.
The research team will present the test data at International Conference on Robotic and Automation in Montreal. This data will give details on how driverless cars can contact each other. The same is not possible with cars that are driven by human.
An autonomous car shows safety factor while changing lanes when researchers apply lane changing algorithm. Autonomous cars in close proximity while changing lanes and are at a very low speed. This will reduce the chances of car crash.
Nicholas Hyldmar, Hardware Designer at Downing College says, manufacturers who develop their own driverless cars need to install such a system. This will allow these cars to communicate with each other in an effective way.