Traffic circles (aka “roundabouts”) aren’t nearly as popular here in the U.S. as they are in the UK and other European cities. WIRED takes a look at the seemingly insane 7-circle Swindon roundabout, and how it manages to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
If you live in any major U.S. city, traffic is an everyday part of life. But any time you feel the road rage boiling over, just think about this video of a major traffic jam in Beijing, and you might feel just a little better about the slowdowns you encounter on a daily basis.
Designed by Thanva Tivawong, the Sand Glass concept for traffic lights imitates an hourglass, providing an intuitive and less ambiguous way of indicating when the lights will change.
Researchers at Japan’s Nagoya University had 22 cars drive in a perfect circle to see if they could recreate those phantom traffic jams that come out of nowhere. They did. We still don’t understand it.
We have no idea where these clowns on this Dubai highway learned how to drive, but if we ever visit the U.A.E., we’ll be sticking to our air-conditioned learjets and yachts.
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