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Why Ants Are Better At Managing Traffic Than We Are, And From Them We Should Learn

Updated: Jan 3

From some people's prospective, some people might think cars look like ants, but the advanced traffic management of insects still has to be mastered by sad commuters. Scientists have studied how to avoid congestion by forcing ants into increasingly crowded environments, potentially helping to improve human trafficking as a result.


In children’s songs, it is so obvious that the way ants move in formation is immortalised But surprisingly little is known about how they manage it.




Thus, considering the multi-billion-dollar traffic congestion cost to large cities, the hints of the ants would need to provide only a few percent of benefits to be tremendously valuable.


Dr Poissonnier and colleagues found ants change their movement rate according to size. In fact, as space is crowded, interactions are largely avoided. Although these encounters convey information, behind the interacting ants they hold up traffic.


One cause that traffic can get so bad is that each constituent has individual goals that may not align with the common good, which attempts to change human behaviour.


Hopefully, someday, it is possible to program self-driving cars to act collectively, smoothing the flow of traffic. This could be facilitated by having several ant approaches to draw on.


Ant species may have developed different strategies for traffic management to match their lifestyles hence, humans should consider and learn Ants traffic strategies and behaviour.


https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/vehicle-and-driver-information


https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/traffic-enforcement-centre-tec


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