NEO’s Transportation Future

At the beginning of this year Akron, Cleveland, and Canton joined 75 other cities around the country in a contest to win $ 40 million dollars from the U-S Department of Transportation. The Smart Cities Challenge wanted the best vision of 21st century transportation using technology. Ideastream’s Mark Urycki explored some of the ideas being kicked around and filed this report .We all know that transportation in the 21st century is supposed to include flying cars. But really, one fairly common idea among the Smart Cities proposals: self-driving cars. The Executive Director of The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Grace Gallucci, thinks autonomous cars may reduce congestion better than the addition of more lanes. “Self-driving automobiles which would have capacity to have better reaction time, they’ll be able to drive themselves more efficiently. That will help congestion much more than capacity [larger roads] ever could.”


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