|Imagine you’re driving and you reach a traffic light. But when the light changes, it’s not red, or yellow, or green. It’s white — and white means: “Robots, go! Humans, follow!”
Yes, the light is partially for drivers like you … but also for self-driving cars.
Ali Hajbabaie, a civil engineer, envisions a state of complete harmony between humans and machines — even on the road.
The big idea is that self-driving cars need smarter roads, and Hajbabaie wants to rewire the traffic infrastructure to control the flow of both people and robots.
“The end goal,” Hajbabaie told Adam Rogers, a senior tech correspondent at Insider, “is to bring connected self-driving-car technology into traffic-control systems, to make intersections safer and more environmentally friendly.”