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@sshole Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

BuzzSkyline (905506) writes | about 5 years ago

Transportation 3

BuzzSkyline writes "Traffic jams are minimized if a significant fraction of drivers break the rules by doing things like passing on the wrong side or changing lanes too close to an intersection. The insight comes from a cellular automata study published this month in the journal Physical Review E. In effect, people who disregard the rules help to break up the groups that form as rule-followers clump together. The risk of jamming is lower if all people obey the rules than if they all disobey them, according to the analysis, but jamming risk is lowest when about 40 percent of people drive like jerks."
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prisoner's dilemma (1)

shentino (1139071) | about 5 years ago | (#28862795)

When the risk of getting caught is low, it almost always pays off to cheat.

Re:prisoner's dilemma (1)

tehdaemon (753808) | about 5 years ago | (#28866779)

Only in this case, it looks like cheating can also pay for those who don't cheat. That is what is odd here. Perhaps we need some different rules?

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Not in real life... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28866187)

Interesting! But off course, it should be noted that if 40% of people drive like jerks, there will be a lot more accidents as well. These off course create such enormous traffic jams that there is no benefit left.
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