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MIT-developed algorithm can predict red light runners, alert nearby drivers

By Shawn Knight
Dec 1, 2011
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  1. A new algorithm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can accurately predict how likely a person is to run a red light.

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    So 700 of 7000, or 10%.
    Thats it?

    If people are so full of rage they can't stop for a red and they get side swiped by a 18-wheeler, they deserve it. Does that sound too rough America? Im sorry.

    Your right. Lets feel bad for them and not the innocent people they kill.
     
  3. @amstech: Errrr.... what?

    1.) So we shouldn't take this seriously because it has the potential to "only" save 700 lives?!? What about when that life is yours buddy?
    2.) Rage? Really? It's called being in a hurry or being distracted.
    3.) Where in this article are we feeling bad for the person who caused it and not the innocent law abiding one? The point is to avoid these accidents altogether so nobody gets hurt; not the innocent nor the guilty parties.
     
  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 671   +73

    What? :-/
     
  5. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Better find a bridge to move under, quick. Because of your being a troll and all. Raswan out.
     
  6. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    Lol dude. So misguided.
     
  7. *facepalm*

    dude you better pray that guy lawfer doesnt see this comment lol
     
  8. slifer8910

    slifer8910 TS Member

    Woot!

    I think this is a very interesting idea and I think the results are accurate. Also I am glad to be the only person not to quote amstech!
     
  9. Yeah...what Slifer8910 said!
     
  10. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,929   +186

    As the quote quota has run out I'll just say this sounds like a great feature in the future!
     
  11. How about instead of a complex vehicle to vehicle communication, the traffic control systems (stop lights, etc) just send out a signal to approaching cars, so on your dash you get a signal the light will be turning red and you don't have enough time to floor it to get through.
     
  12. Yes it is only saving about 700 peoples lives, but also countless money for damage to vehicles due to red light runners.

    Downside, if it becomes too good, and I know there is no red light camera, I may blow every red light as I trust this system will tell the other cars to stop.
     
  13. That's all well and good...until they start issuing tickets based on this algorithm regardless of whether you ran it or not.

    :(
     
  14. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Maybe they should just do away with conventional traffic lights and use this type of technology to create super intelligent traffic lights that aren't as absolutely useless as those used today... at what point will we stop polishing this turd that is our method of traffic control???
     
  15. You got it in one, I must admit I've ran a few red lights in my time so I dont have to wait five minutes for the next phase change, especially at night when no one is around and you are pointlessly sitting at the lights.
     
  16. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 435   +24

    The signals here at night just keep blinking orange actually it seems to work as the driver is more alert looking for vehicles especially during night times when traffic is very less.
     

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