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Phan­tom jams are the scourge of mod­ern traf­fic – mo­tor­way driv­ers need­lessly tap­ping their brakes, caus­ing the cars be­hind them to brake, set­ting off a chain re­ac­tion that leads to a point­less jam fur­ther down the line.

Ford are us­ing tech­nol­ogy to com­bat this; along with re­searchers from Van­der­bilt Univer­sity, Ten­nessee, they’ve demon­strated that Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, as of­fered on ev­ery­thing from the Fi­esta to the Tran­sit, can mit­i­gate or even pre­vent phan­tom jams – with cars keep­ing pace evenly with those in front, un­nec­es­sary brak­ing is avoided, and thus peo­ple fol­low­ing are less likely to over­re­act. Sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive.

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