Saturday, April 22, 2006

It's my turn

I would like to retract several years of complaints about Berkeley traffic. Here's a two minute clip of self-managed traffic through a very busy intersection in an unnamed city in India. No one dies — although you might gasp once or twice.

It's actually quite lovely to see the patterns work through the system, even maintaining high levels of throughput: traffic lights would definitely halt this ballet. One pattern appears to be "It's my turn." Another is "Look, I'm already in front of you, so you might as well cooperate." Probably the most common pattern is "Oh, I can probably make it."

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Anonymous wrd said...

Welcome back. How was Mumbai?

Monday, 24 April, 2006  

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