Researchers: AI in connected cars eased rush hour congestion

Specially equipped cars sit in a parking lot Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. In a study, the cars’ cruise control was modified to react to the overall flow of traffic using artificial intelligence. The aim is to influence a phenomenon called a phantom traffic jam — the start-and-stop congestion on crowded roads that has no obvious cause. Credit: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

As millions of people travel the interstates this Thanksgiving, many will encounter patches of traffic at a standstill for no apparent reason—no construction or accident. Researchers say the problem is you.

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