One of the most aggravating daily frustration for many people is the headache of being caught in traffic.
I was recently a motivational speaker for a transportation conference. Here, a guest speaker explained how he has lived in the same house and drove the same route to work for over 30 years.
However, this drive took 30 minutes, thirty years ago, and it takes nearly ninety minutes now. What would San Diego ( or any major city) be like to travel around in another thirty years?
What followed was a heated discussion about traffic networks and the daunting challenge cities have of cramming more vehicles onto the same roads.
Part of the challenge is the vast majority of transportation is above ground and competes with everything else that needs that road space. Every day people will continue to populate every city and more and more vehicles will struggle to get around. Planning for growth is challenging because there isn't a lot of horizontal space to expand roadways and land is at a premium.
The transportation experts discussed some innovative, exciting solutions like shared ride networks, public transit and the most innovative was smart and intuitive traffic networks. For instance, in Singapore, they have driverless cars that are responsive to road conditions and traffic congestion and this will likely be adopted in many areas.
Uber and Car To Go are relatively recent technology disruptions that have pushed the transportation issue and found innovative solutions. As a result, it has upset many taxi drivers who find fewer customers willing to pay for the convenience.
What are your thoughts on the future of traffic?