Hacking Into Traffic Lights With A Plain Old Laptop Is Scary Simple

The idea that our traffic data systems are vulnerable is not a new one. In fact, improving cyber security on our nation’s infrastructure is a huge priority right now. But a new study from the University of Michigan on the vulnerabilities of traffic lights is shocking proof that we need to make some major changes, and we need to make them now.

Every City Should Give Seniors A Card That Extends The Crosswalk Time

We’ve all seen what happens when someone can’t cross the street in the allotted signal time — the pedestrian gets frustrated and drivers get mad. A program in Singapore lets seniors swipe a card at an intersection so the signal will give them extra time to cross. It’s a smart solution to a problem that’s increasingly going to be troubling our ageing cities.

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

Scott Simon’s bio on the NPR website describes him as “one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters,” and it’s tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon’s credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows himself to be all the things you want a radio host to be: thoughtful, avuncular, well-informed, and above all, smart.

Why Countdown Clocks For Pedestrians Actually Cause More Car Crashes

As a frequent traveller by foot, I love countdowns at crosswalks. They tell me whether I should wait out two seconds or leisurely walk across in 15. Ideed, these countdowns do make pedestrians safer. But it turns out that countdowns actually cause more crashes between cars. Here’s why.

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit California's Roads In September

On 16 September 2014, the US state of California will take one step closer to the utopian (or dystopian) future, allowing self-driving cars on public roads. And new autonomous vehicle regulations should help prevent the murder-bot anarchy that opponents are worried about.

How Far You Can Get By Car, Bike Or Foot, Any Time Of Day

Not all transportation is made equal: cars may zip by, but they get snarled up in traffic; walking is slow, but you’ll never get caught in a jam. Isoscope mashes together information sets to tell you how far you can get within your city via car, bike or foot — at any time of day.

It's Amazingly Easy To Hack Traffic Data And Cause Gridlock Chaos

Turns out you don’t need a shady lane closure on a major bridge to jam traffic. The sensor and signalling infrastructure on our streets is so vulnerable that all you need to wreak widespread havoc is a laptop.

Watch How A Traffic Accident Is Cleaned Up In This Timelapse

When a semi-trailer truck carrying a rig filled with toilet paper crashes into a bridge, what happens? A giant mess. A giant mess that someone has to clean up. This timelapse shows a city clean up crew picking up all the crap, repackaging it for another truck and getting the streets clean so that no one would know what’s going on.

Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic (If You Put Them In The Right Place)

The battle against bike lanes has turned into an all-out culture war, with NIMBYs shrieking about ceding centimetres of precious asphalt while squawking about the apocalyptic congestion that change will bring. But here’s a deep, data-driven investigation into the truth about bike lanes and traffic.

Hackers Can Now Create Fake Traffic Jams

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. And while it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town.

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