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Traffic Jams & New Internal Electromechanical Control Systems (Ideas For Motor Vehicles).

Think with me for a minute;

The Problem: Traffic Jams create human tension; frustration, annoyance, anger, and impatience.

The Bigger Problem: these negative feelings lead to motor vehicle collisions.  

Both the problem and bigger problem, to a large degree, are self-imposed by the human being. While we could make a systemic and societal argument that traffic jams, negative feelings, and motor vehicle collisions is the fault of every person, it is imperative to see life in a utilitarian way; focus on identifying a problem and creating a solution for the greater good thereby enhancing safety and sustaining life.

Back to the problem; traffic jams create negative feelings for a great number of people. Traffic jams annoy people and anger people – creating impatience and impulsivity. This does not always equate to road rage yet it often leads to poor decision-making while on the freeway or any other road.  

The Bigger Problem Con’d – the amplification of these negative feelings incites impulsivity, increases aggressiveness, and most likely jacks up the average velocity of the driver of the vehicle immediately after a traffic jam dissipates or disperses. This means that there is a window of time right after a traffic jam where a certain percentage of the human driving population is more prone to be involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Of course these thoughts regarding traffic jams and motor vehicle collisions shortly after the dissipation or dispersing of a traffic jams begins purely as a subjective intellectual construct (i.e. – I firmly believe that the rate of motor vehicle collisions increases shortly after the dissipation of a traffic jam. I firmly believe this because I am aware that human beings are easily subjected to their own irrationality or easily swayed by their emotions). For example, a greater than average number of drivers will become effected by their affect when their rate of speed is significantly slowed by sheer volume).

This line of reasoning is difficult to objectify though. There are many difficult questions to answer to make this subjective intellectual construct worthwhile.  

Here are some questions that need answering to work toward objectivity in this problem;

1. How many individuals out of 100 are irritated, annoyed, or emotionally swayed by traffic jams?

2. What does a person think when they see a traffic jam dissipating?

3. How many individuals out of a 1,000,000 get into a motor vehicle collision 5-10 (or 10-15) minutes after the dissipation of a traffic jam?

4. What is the feasibility of a vehicle having a new internal system that monitors the length of time a vehicle hovers in a specific range of velocity once below a threshold velocity?

5. If a vehicle were to have such a new type of internal monitoring system, could an additional internal system be installed to control acceleration?

Several questions to consider.

In short, traffic jams irritate people. How many people? We don’t know this statistic yet. When people are irritated or their emotions become unsettled, there is a greater propensity for people to step on the accelerator once there is any sign that a traffic jam has dissipated (even if it hasn’t). Therefore, 2 new internal control systems may need to be installed in motor vehicles to enhance safety and sustain life. One internal control system must monitor the length of time a motor vehicle is moving below a certain speed while on the freeway (i.e. – if a motor vehicle is traveling less than 30mph for more than 10 minutes, it can be assumed that the motor vehicle is part of a traffic jam on a freeway).

If this internal control system becomes activated by these environmental conditions, a 2nd internal control system must in-turn be activated to control acceleration for a determined length of time (i.e. – a person cannot accelerate beyond a certain speed until the other system determines that the motor vehicle is travelling above a certain speed for a certain length of time). After the internal system has determined that you have been driving above a certain speed for a certain length of time, the driver then becomes free to exercise full autonomy behind the wheel.  

Essentially, I am saying that traffic jams pose a serious threat to human safety because of the volatility of human emotion. If a driver’s emotions become too volatile while in a traffic jam, a portion of the driver’s control needs to temporarily be removed (i.e. – driver may not accelerate beyond a certain speed until the internal speed monitoring system has determined that the car has be travelling above a certain velocity for a time interval).

Are there any statisticians out there? Help please…I think this may be a good idea.

I propose 2 new internal (electronic) motor vehicle systems (based on traffic jams and human emotional volatility);

I) Ranges of Speed Motor Vehicle Monitoring System (operates in response to velocity and time).

II) Temporal-Acceleration Threshold Monitoring System (operates by controlling acceleration in response to length of time in traffic jam – as judged by varying velocities and time intervals).

Matthew Polkinghorne

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