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2012-07-24 16.00.48-1Robot cars will probably take control over your car whether you want it to or not.

Actually, robots will take over the world whether or not we want it. And I’m not saying that because I’ve watched Terminator too many times.

Computer scientists pretty much take this as a given. And it starts with technology like this.

We’re talking about automated intersection controllers. Sure, sounds like a great idea for improved road safety and traffic efficiency, but isn’t this why man created trains?

Maybe that’s the future of cars, each one like a train compartment.

See how the robo-cars will work here.

Related post: More evidence that robots are poised to take control!

A high school student from Texas won a $100,000 science scholarship for developing a computer algorithm that helps robots avoid obstacles.

One of the applications for this? Driverless cars, of course!

It’s amazing what you can learn from the “lower” species.

Telecommunications researcher Ozan Tonguz found that when two groups of ants meet up with one another on intersecting paths, they don’t have — well, there are no traffic jams. The larger group instinctively takes the right-of-way.

Thus he had the idea to apply this to the problem of traffic flow. He conceived his Virtual Traffic Lights system as a vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network.

Tonguz’s patented algorithm would assess the number and direction of travel of vehicles, and determine which group heading in the same direction was the largest. They would then get a green light on their dashboard screen while cars in the smaller groups would get red lights.

According to Tonguz, simulations have shown that use of the system could reduce commute times by 40 to 60 percent during rush hours.

On an episode of the show America Revealed, they show how managing signals in a large city, like Las Vegas, can greatly reduce traffic. You can watch the program here.

Read more about the virtual traffic lights from Gizmag below here:

Insect-Inspired Virtual Traffic Lights Could Replace – or Augment – the Real Things