Why can’t we have smart traffic lights? | Letter

Two steps forward, one step backward? Today I drove my Toyota on the newly opened Redmond Way. At first, it looked really shiny new, sporting bright lanes and those little bumper things. But the traffic lights seemed to be out of sync. A very long line of cars crawled from RED light to RED light. My six-block journey was extremely slow going.

I recently saw a news report about the use of traffic computers to monitor and optimize traffic flows. The city (in the news) had installed real-time traffic monitors and used fancy algorithms to control the traffic lights.

If we live in a world of self-driving cars, why can’t we have smart traffic lights?

Richard Morris

Redmond

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