Turning Autonomous Cars into Robot Traffic Managers

(Image courtesy of iStock.) As autonomous vehicles (AVs) are gradually merging onto the highway of reality, the problem of traffic is inching slowly (ever so slowly) on to extinction. Unfortunately, AVs will not hit the road in full force all at once. In a hundred years, every car on the road will drive itself. But between now and then, we’ll see a mixture of autonomous, semi-autonomous, and non-autonomous vehicles forced to share the road, a situation called mixed autonomy traffic. Tr...