Pollution and heavy traffic is increasingly become a major problem in various cities where people spend precious hours sitting down nothing in their driving seats or passenger seats while their cars omit unnecessary polluting gases as they hardly turn their engine off. Hence, new directions are being sought by various research groups and companies. As a result, driverless cars have arrived in the market which apparently has potential to change it all.
However, not everyone is so sure about it. A report from University of Washington apparently suspects the opposite; the problem, according to them, is going to increase if such devices are introduced. They, to prove their point, have collaborated with Seattle to show that driverless cars could have an adverse effect on congestion.
The problems to begin with
Such cars are, according to the report, going to bring great inequality and worsen the congestion unless new policies and regulations are not sought. Since this is a different mode of driving altogether, more measured steps and thorough research is the need of the hour to make sure that Seattle does prove a point about driverless cars. Of course, once there are obstacles, one also understands that further research shall be invested to make it foolproof.
Cooperation between universities
University of Washington has also went out of its way to collaborate with University of British Columbia to establish an Analytics Cooperative that will make the best use of big data for this purpose. The modern roads have major problems that range from traffic to homelessness. This is surely going to be a huge scale altogether given the amount of industry funding that has gone into it.
The collaboration will be a wonderful window of opportunity to students as well as the faculty to work with the biggest names in the industry. The direct involvement of the community stakeholders ensure that the process is steered in a proper way that meets the industry standards.
Another big news for the project is of course Microsoft’s generous donation of 1 million dollars for the project. The region of Cascadia, as the two universities plan, is going to become a mini silicon valley in terms of technological aggregation. Microsoft’s beautiful gesture has been welcome with open arms and the universities are now excited and hopeful. They are looking to put their collective prowess at work and ensure that something remarkable comes up in this process that will impact the global problems of traffic.
Big data and its humanitarian possibilities
Since urban communities are spread throughout the world, the research is for them and the arrival of big data will only provide a decisive boot. Since big data is being used by businesses to better their outcomes, it is no surprise that universities are trying to use it to better human lives. Big data can impact community living precisely because it can handle large volumes of data that often comes out of communities’ daily activities.
This will also allow to make accurate predictions about the factors that such driverless cars can affect and then use them to create city-specific models depending on their traffic and transportation policy. Big data takes into account even the smallest metrics and measures its impact. So, the collaboration will leave no stones unturned to bring about a significant understanding and change in the traffic issue.