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Indira Jakarta (1 hour ago)
This is a good video. Please make it in Indonesian language and I'll share it to all of my fellow Jakartans.
Fork Knife (4 hours ago)
How does traffic even happen? Bitch just keep driving
nothing (4 hours ago)
yes, the problem as always, the people. too many stupid people on the road driving like grannies and not caring about anybody else but themselves.
airron john san juan (6 hours ago)
this is stupid! 1. this will only happen in perfect world..meaning the road should be smooth and perfect so no cars will be slowing down because of avoiding road imperfections. 2. what if you really have to break and stop because you are already at your destination? 3. you cannot have a city or a town without intersections unless you live in Radiator Springs..😊 4. what if a pedestrian has to cross? 5. some cars have faster or slower acceleration times. ...there are a lot of factors the consider on the road that can definitely affect the traffic and they are really unavoidable..
AbbY Eroila (6 hours ago)
Which means the only solution for traffic is DISCIPLINE!
Some random Channel name (8 hours ago)
Or we could all just fly
Andrew Aniskoff (13 hours ago)
жаль что кто не понимает о чем здесь сказано, так и не посмотрит это видео.
Spankie Barnes (14 hours ago)
Oh you don't know people? They will find a way to fuck this up.
Lyndon Rushton (14 hours ago)
Very, very good video.
Da Channel of Wisdom aka IPSoft Creations (16 hours ago)
1:54 windows
Андрей Денисов (17 hours ago)
If you try to drive at the middle in traffic the monkey will take your line making you stop :(
Joks izSantos (18 hours ago)
So thats why the chicken cross the road!!!
Joks izSantos (18 hours ago)
0:31 i played a game like this in Y8.com , and i failed miserably 😂
Tommy (1 day ago)
well in india there are no traffic lights but they seem to work well
Israel Joshua Santhosh (1 day ago)
The real solution to traffic is to collect all 6 infinity stones and killing off half the population of the entire universe.
LaLaGrunge (1 day ago)
Adding 1.5 million new people a year certainly is not helping the worsening problems of sprawl, congestion and pollution. The USA is full at almost 330 million people. What is the threshold? China and India levels? All of these urban planners and activists seem to forget the fact that unsustainable population growth is regressive to the ecological health of the country.
Kerwin Dela Cruz (1 day ago)
You need to program this traffic solution to all the peoples brain to perpect this theory
Josue Sanchez (1 day ago)
In conclusion, people are stupid and we need a new plague!
Miss Darko (1 day ago)
I can personally understand people being skeptical of letting their cars drive for them, since while AI isn't prone to the same mistakes humans are, they can still be prone to issues that humans aren't, and it can make what accidents that do occur hard to pin down what's to be accountable. For a while, it'll be the drivers, since self-driving cars will require human drivers to remain at the wheel and alert so that they can correct if something goes wrong (even though more often than not it'll probably *result* in more accidents than it prevents), so the driver is liable if they weren't paying attention. But the more common and universal self-driving cars become, the more human drivers will just get used to it and not really pay much attention even when they should. Eventually we can't always expect people to be paying attention if the self-driving is more sophisticated and dependable, so the liability may gradually shift to either the car manufacturers or the companies designing the self-driving software. This gets especially hairy when discussing what self-driving AI should do when making a decision between protecting other drivers, pedestrians, or the driver, in the event of an impending accident. The most ethical approach for the AI to be programmed to take isn't necessarily the most marketable one, since customers will be iffy about being driven by a car that's willing to sacrifice them in order to save others. Even though on average having all self-driving cars in the roads would be way safer and more efficient than the way traffic is now, those are some ethical questions we have yet to have a consensus on. But regardless of how that turns out, it'll be a tough transition. Most tech geeks "in the know" are excited about the possibilities of self-driving cars, but I'd say the average person finds them kind of a scary concept, and I don't really blame them. We don't like to give up control, and it does potentially open doors to, say, the police to track every car and simply command your car to pull over (which in terms of safety is better, because you won't be having dangerous car chases, but anything that reduces our ability to resist authority when authority is acting unethically can have nasty sociopolitical ramifications). So the adoption rate could be quite slow, and it'll be a very long time before all cars are self-driving and we can finally get rid of traffic lights. In the meantime, more integration of "driver aids" in self-driving cars (rather than full-on autopilot) could be a good compromise that I could see more drivers settling on more quickly. That is, things like smart cruise control and lane transitions, which are features that are already in the Tesla models. These are ways that we can help make our drives safer and faster without having to kick humans out of the driver's seat just yet, and it looks like the direction we're more or less going already, so that's good. Unfortunately, it's going *really* slowly. And of course people aren't just going to stop driving their decades old cars anytime soon, not as long as they're running. So it could be literally over half a century before self-driving cars dominate the roads, and even then they probably won't comprise of 100% of the traffic. So we're not gonna be saying goodbye to traffic lights in our lifetime, unless we specifically ban non-self-driving cars, which I can't see going over very well. It's frustrating to see progress being hampered like that, but again, I can't really blame anyone for being resistant. Treading into unknown waters, however exciting and full of possibility, can be rather scary.
nissmopwer (1 day ago)
And Thanos is a bad guy?
Jason Brewer (1 day ago)
This is a Fucked idea, you idiots.
David Laurance (1 day ago)
On the highway, if only people drove as fast as possible, there might be less traffic
Shaun Hensley (1 day ago)
Remove both the frustration and pleasure from driving in one easy step
Helicopte_pilot EC120 (1 day ago)
Traffic circles are new best thing now!!
ALivingCheese Straight outa the fridge (1 day ago)
And that kids is why we all scream and honk at each other in trafic.
Razar Campbell (1 day ago)
Monkey Like Drive!!!
0TruckMafk ☢TM™"... The BigMean CommentSection BadAss (1 day ago)
Agenda 21 approved.
Mo S (1 day ago)
DAMN you chicken Drivers
Hiragaro (1 day ago)
damn chickens
Cartoon Woodz (1 day ago)
"no monkeys driving"
cdx boy (1 day ago)
this mean taxi drivers = monkey?
G Ro (1 day ago)
What a cool! But, this video is made by that monkey, right? :)
Afrozensquirl (2 days ago)
I think we will see fully automated cars on actual streets in the late 20s, early 30s. However, I think it will take another 10, 15 years for cars that are manually driven to be less common then the latter, and maybe even 20 until we see manually operated vehicles become outright illegal on actual streets. My 2 cents.
Praveen Gowlikar (2 days ago)
😁😁 1:12
Spectral Apparition (2 days ago)
YAY! I no longer need to get a license. I just need to wait for the future!
Chiquilin Marx (2 days ago)
Yes, computarized cars
notJacktlego (2 days ago)
What about car people who actually enjoy driving? That's a large portion of America that will shoot down any attempt to take away our right to drive. Cars to some are more than just Transportation. They actually mean something
notJacktlego (1 day ago)
+times05 yeah that's a good idea. But not everyone wants to go to a racetrack (they're really expensive) and drive 140. We like the freedom that cars offer to go anywhere we please. We are in control and that is the best part
times05 (1 day ago)
Can always leave a racetrack for those people. So they can go in circles for their "enjoyment". But in truth, manual controls will never go away. There will always be non-standard situations (such as parking in weird spots), where you must do it manually. I do foresee some kind of signal indicator (like a light in the back) that shows if you're in manual or AP mode, and most large roads and highways will REQUIRE you to use AP at least majority of the time (otherwise get pulled over and better have good reason for manual control, otherwise ticket). Some high speed roads may allow manual driving, but only in certain lanes, where clearly indicated. Or of course, in emergencies.
kilroy987 (2 days ago)
I will never be in a traffic jam without thinking I was eaten by a snake and pooped out, ever again. But I'm sorry, I'm not going to accelerate to keep myself in the middle between the car in front of and behind me, because that means the tailgaters win and are getting the people in front of them to speed up. No way. And self driving cars will never be so popular, because too many people want to enjoy driving their cars.
Gray Man (2 days ago)
Yep. Now we need faster data processing speeds and more reliable and comprehensive signal coverage and we are good to go! It's not the automotive tech holding back the driverless car revolution, it's the infrastructure.
DonPabloe (2 days ago)
Problem with traffic : idiots
Opposite Lock (2 days ago)
Or maybe stop driving huge SUVs and trucks for just a single person and ride a motorcycles like a Suzuki DRZ400SM which gives you an upright seating position and light enough to maneuver at slow speeds and filter through traffic. Works great in the bigger cities.
Alejandra Orellana (2 days ago)
This is only good for freeways. Streets are for people not cars!
WhateverUC (2 days ago)
Put more than one monkey in each wheely-box. Make big wheely-boxes that carry 50 monkeys and only require one to drive. Revolutionary eh.
ITCHYhead (2 days ago)
Im very happy that im doing same without watching this vedio n im from India
Tanveer Ahmed (2 days ago)
Overpopulation is the fundamental problem of traffic. So just solve overpopulation problem first and then traffic and other problems will be solved automatically.
Ledwys Delgado (2 days ago)
Less people in an area also means less traffic.
Photonic Piston (2 days ago)
A big roasted shit towards humans
Will Peavy (2 days ago)
I agree with the premise of this video. Traffic is a problem that can be solved mathematically (and applied through software). However, this video doesn't touch on the inherent weakness in a network of machine driven cars - which is that such a network could be hacked, and a malicious entity could use it to do significant damage.
Hans-Kristian Lorentzen (2 days ago)
If every building had a 3 or more story entrance you could make a road that turns instead pf 90degree turns
Falcon McNudeii (2 days ago)
No private vehicles...
joh joh (2 days ago)
self driving cars are the future just like VR is the future lol just like we'll all have robotic maids by 1990. just like we'll have a permanent moon base by 1985. the slightest spark of innovation seems to cause an unstoppable wildfire of delusion, unreasonable expectations, and obnoxious fanboys who have no real knowledge of the technology they're waving around like a cock.
joh joh (2 days ago)
if you faggots want a solution that could actually happen, do what i did. i have two motorcycles i use for normal stuff like my job. and i have an old suv thing i spent $600 on that i use for weekend stuff or if i need to carry something or someone. there i just made traffic go away and changed your weekly gas cost to maybe $15
Lemon (2 days ago)
in the UK there is less stop and go traffic, and random traffic jams on the motorway )highway + i cant do left brackets)... When the light goes green everybody begins to tap the accelerator... I was recently in the USA, a traffic jam suddenly appeared ahead of us around the corner, it turned out to be because they turned and the sun suddenly went in their face... In the UK you would see drivers slow down a little, but this was literally slamming on the breaks... Because of a bit of sun light... What I'm trying to say is you missed 1 thing... Driving tests should be at least as difficult as it is in the UK, or more difficult... This way it's all more efficient and a lot safer, and a loooot less annoying on the roads...
north pole (3 days ago)
Use more public transportation !
David Duarte (3 days ago)
All the people who didn't like the video are the monkey drivers.
Hem T (3 days ago)
Drivers, that don't indicate/signal, should be shot.
Just Hmm (3 days ago)
The Simple Solution to Traffic: Opressor Mk2
Warnaka Dias Pannilaratne (3 days ago)
if @4:04 is possible !!! It's a game changer !!
shutup clapped (3 days ago)
Bitch just keep driving
Rich Fonte (3 days ago)
the catepillar effect.
Χαίρετε Lyrehc (3 days ago)
No car no traffic!
Vliegendehuiskat (3 days ago)
Sorry, self driving cars still need traffic lights, because you need an authoritative arbiter to realise the kind of traffic-flow you depict here. Building a nation-, region- or city-wide authoritative arbiter may currently be possible, but everyone MUST (it's not optional) give up their manual driving control for such a system to function properly. Frankly, I don't see this happening anytime soon, because people still want control over their own cars and lives. And I've not even started about the fact that once such a system makes a decision, that decision has effectively become an order that the car MUST execute. It's no longer voluntary. How do you even handle car-defects in such a system? Not to mention that we know what would happen when such a system were to fail; Not a single car would drive even half a meter on the public roads. Small, localized authoritative arbiters like traffic-lights still seem to be the best solution here and they'll will be with us for quite a few decades to come. If you want to know more about this, you should read up on distributed-systems theory. Especially the CAP-theorem and consensus algorithms. If you don't want to read up on this; just know that a lot of clever scientists have spent years wrecking their brains about this and have concluded that this is impossible without central co-ordination. And no, Blockchains and all related technologies cannot solve this problem. They are just to darned inefficient to work in real-time and they will always be, because if they are not, a malicious actor could kill drivers and destroy cars at will.
Hulious777 (4 days ago)
I always thought of traffic as plumbing, it takes a big piece of shit to stop the flow. Then it backs up into a mess. Just follow the flow of traffic. Lane cutters, tail gaters, left lane hogers, slow drivers, unnecessary brakers are all pieces of crap. Pisses me off.
Shitake Mushroom (4 days ago)
Eto ang solution sa TRAFFIC sa Pinas!! Hahahaha
Carlton Robinson (4 days ago)
U can’t be equal distance from the car behind as the front because you can’t control the person behind you
Crazy Awesomeness (4 days ago)
Did you forget another thing that cause a traffic jam? Its gocking at 3 wheeled motorcycles flipped upside down on the bridge across the river that you are on
NolimoDK (4 days ago)
Delete all cars!
Barack Obama (4 days ago)
So basically humans are retarded ... not surprised
John Smith (4 days ago)
Will race car drivers be beaten by self driving cars?
Studyin'Me (4 days ago)
I’m watching this stuck in. Traffic
Karlee Catian (4 days ago)
Андрей Иванов (4 days ago)
Это мошенническая реклама ради того, чтобы мы покупали их продукцию.
Red Blue Green (4 days ago)
your stupid... maybe ill buy one you and your stupid infomercial
nikhil vyas (4 days ago)
Best way is remove cars and bring back bicycles coz global warming is reality and it is reaching at irreversible levels
Soviet Yuri (4 days ago)
Self driving car? Sex in the car Increase 120%
Rare Drop (6 hours ago)
+Firelog2000 LOL
Firelog2000 (1 day ago)
Soviet Yuri self sexing people? Driving cars increase 120%
Mike A (4 days ago)
Will never happen. As long as women of every race and age are allowed on the road, there will never be a smooth flow or peaceful driving.
JustKiddingBroツ (4 days ago)
This hurt me head and made me dizzy
MrPattoD (5 days ago)
Introduce congestion charges. You pay a fee to drive during certain times. This will make people more likely to find other means, such as carpool or public transport, ergo less traffic during peak times. I know this won't be popular with everyone but I think it's a good idea. Too many empty cars with only 1 person in them going the same way every day.
times05 (1 day ago)
Carpool and public transport aren't an answer (plus already pay premium for that in cost of personal vehicle, maintenance, gas, tolls, parking fees, all of which isn't split 2-5 ways if carpooling). Considering that most of us drive at least 30min-1hour to get to work for example, odds of someone from same neighborhood going to same place AT THE SAME TIMES that you'd want to ride with are slim to none. Bigger travel distance, more possible points of destination. Carpool not possible. Half the jobs I've had in the last 20 years had no public transport to get me from home to work at all. The other half public transport took 2-3 times more time than driving (waiting for train, waiting for bus, transfer from one to another, etc...). One job actually had a train 5 min walk away form my home at the time, and maybe 5-10 min walk from train station to work, no transfers, straight route. Ideal conditions!!! Still took about average 1.25-1.5 hour each way, so 2.5-3 hours per day, while driving car would take 30-45 min each way (save 1-1.5 hours PER DAY average). That's 1-1.5 hours of my life per day that I will never get back. After a few months I ended up paying premium for that... 12$ per day parking, plus car expenses (which is WAY more than 180$ train ticket per month), but I had an exra hour or more to do what I wanted with my day, 5 days a week. Have you ever tried carpooling? With 5 people that's almost an hour that you're driving around picking everyone up and dropping them off, plus waiting as sometimes people have emergencies or aren't ready (5 min here, 10 min there and so on). That's why carpooling is horrible in general. Even in those few EXTREMELY RARE occasions when it's a possibility.
Dylan Adrian (5 days ago)
Even watching this traffic is making me mad.
Yosef MacGruber (5 days ago)
I see way too much brake lights on the freeway. Where is the stop sign? Where is the red traffic signal? Why do stupid drivers want to turn fuel into brake dust? You can slow down by not pressing the accelerator pedal. The wind drag and the tire rolling resistance drag should often be enough to slow down the vehicle. There would be not as much often need for brakes, if people would stop tailgating and follow at a safe and moderate cushioning distance. In fact, I think it often better to just turn the cruise control off when needing to slow down some, than to be turning on brake lights. The cruise control can be turned right back on again, and the cruise speed later activated. Good drivers minimize traffic snakes, by paying attention and gradually slowing up early, and helping to moderate the speed variances. I immediately take my foot off of the accelerator when the traffic light far ahead turns yellow, since the vehicle's momentum is usually enough to make it to the intersection before the light turns green again.
MightyXT / QuakeStorm (5 days ago)
... solution is going in the middle of the 2 cars!!!!!!!!!!!
Kevin Original (5 days ago)
Saying self driving cars can communicate to each other at the speed of light does not mean they can process data at the speed of light, it is much much slower. Down side would be decision making would be in the hands of the program and how do you hold a program responsible for a bad decision? That would mean neglect of maintenance according to the owner's manual or self maintenance could turn the blame of the bad decision onto the owner who didn't make the decision. Self driving cars will have there place but it is not on our roads.
Mr. Veritas (5 days ago)
I would fight tooth and nail to keep you from trying to take away my right to drive.
Alex K (5 days ago)
Can’t wait for fully driverless roadways
IThinkWithMy Dick (5 days ago)
"The way we can make traffic disappear. " Kill all motorists?
j david (5 days ago)
4:14 challenge accepted, hold my beer
Jack Zhao (5 days ago)
Azrael (5 days ago)
I didn't watch the video. Don't have to the answer is Jet packs! Lol ...oh and play more frogger and Rad Racer. Ah!
Reltpid (5 days ago)
"If people were better there'd be fewer problems" People driving with same distance between car ahead and car behind
Aaron Aj (5 days ago)
Indian people please click away it’s useless since they never follow traffic rule
Timothy Fish (5 days ago)
Saying that auto-piloted can all start and stop at the same time ignores an important engineering consideration. With mechanical devices there will always be mechanical failure to consider. Even if the car in front sends a message saying, "I'm starting now," the car behind will still have to wait until the car is actually moving forward to release the brake and move forward. Even if cars are sending messages saying, "I'm stopping now," the cars behind will still have to account for the possibility of dropped messages. We can expect the reaction time to decrease, but many of the same things that cause congestion now will still occur with auto-piloted cars.
Timothy Fish (1 day ago)
times05, could be, but the video is dealing with traffic congestion. Humans in general are less risk-adverse than engineers and the government, so while AP might make things safer, it might also slow traffic or cause more congestion due to it following the law.
times05 (1 day ago)
Let's assume all cars have their engineering considerations/inefficiencies same as always. If you can at least make AP as good as an alert human, it will stay alert 100% of the time, which is impossible for a human. Drivers get distracted (by chickens, or eating a banana...) all the time. Machine doesn't. Either way you gain an improvement on what we currently have.
Brad Born (5 days ago)
In theory this sounds great but in reality it's not really practical. The gap between the vehicles when stopped or waiting at lights etc, is far smaller than a safe gap when driving at speed. Even driverless vehicles would need a margin for safety. Road conditions, surface, wet, slippery road camber etc would all play a factor in each individual vehicle's ability to stop safely & avoid an incident. Car's, trucks and buses are not trains & not connected as such.
vms hun (5 days ago)
This video should be shown on every heavy traffic roads of the world
john hill (5 days ago)
that's why you use your horn. turns green, honk and flash lights. then flip them off. if they still don't move, get your bat.
Imaginary Owl (5 days ago)
Female drivers do not seem to understand the concept of "coasting"...taking your foot off the gas pedal and allowing the car's speed to decelerate slowly. Most just keep driving the speed limit right up to the stop sign/stop light. Amazing, it seems to be a big issue with women drivers.
Oliver Sisson (5 days ago)
If a high capacity road feeds a lower capacity road, you'll have traffic no matter how well everyone drives.
Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz (6 days ago)
Let's add intelligence tests to driver exams.
I always tailgate through left turm signals then back off when I'm through it. I always allow at least 3 car lengths in front of me when in traffic backups. There's no way you can maintain equal distance between the front and rear cars. The rear car will always catch up to you. But around half the time most cars will start leaving larger spaces in from of them if they see you doing it. More and more people have begun doing that over the years at least here around Seattle. Worst driving habit on the freeway: braking for no reason. I never brake on the freeway. I don't even brake until I'm completely in the off-ramp. If you brake before the off ramp, fuck you.
Chris Imperato (6 days ago)
Good video
Zach Lazarus (6 days ago)
instead of suggesting we all buy new cars costing lots of money why not where ever you live make getting a licence more difficult, if you did that less people on the road and the people that are on the road are of a much higher quality, where i live getting a licence is a two year process in which you must demonstrate your ability to drive well on many occasion, and yeah i hated going though that at the time but fuck me everyone where i live drives pretty well and the only people letting down the pack are old people who got there license before it was set up like this, oh and tourists whom just pay idunno 50 bucks and get a licence sent to them in the mail no questions asked (assuming they hold a currant license where ever)
Chloroplast (6 days ago)
or you can just remove the cars