It takes a single autonomous car to prevent phantom traffic jams

HONK IF YOU’VE heard this one before: Autonomous and connected cars will make driving less of a drudge by handling the stop-n-go mundanity of your commute for you. Even driver assistance tools that require human oversight, like Tesla’s AutopilotCadillac’s Super Cruise, and Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot, make driving easier, maybe even safer.

Too bad the cars equipped with these features are expensive and therefore exclusive. It’ll take years for this tech to filter down to cheaper cars and the used market, and decades to find its way onto all of the 260 million vehicles already on US roads.


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