HACK­ING THE TRAF­FIC

New Zealand Listener - - FUTURE OF MOTORING -

THERE IS PO­TEN­TIAL FOR VE­HI­CLE CON­NEC­TIV­ITY TO CO- OR­DI­NATE TRAF­FIC and mit­i­gate con­ges­tion. Ide­ally this would hap­pen in much the same way that in­for­ma­tion mov­ing around the in­ter­net is co-or­di­nated, with no over­all cen­tralised au­thor­ity. But a de­cen­tralised sys­tem is much more vul­ner­a­ble to at­tack. Govern­ments will need to de­cide whether a cen­tralised traf­fic co-or­di­na­tion sys­tem of Or­wellian scale is go­ing to be nec­es­sary to re­alise the dream of free-flow­ing traf­fic.

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