We live in the 21st century. My microwave is one step away from becoming sentient. Why is it then, that traffic lights still seem to be running like a Coleco? Honestly, my 6 year old flip phone can practically predict the future, yet I was just stopped at a traffic light for two minutes for phantom cars. GUESS WHAT TRAFFIC LIGHT, PHANTOM CARS DON’T EXIST.
I am pretty positive that it would take little to no effort, for a programmer to make a traffic light program that can learn. It would measure traffic flow throughout the day and adjust itself accordingly. Like, if it is 4 in the morning, why not just switch to green automatically for any car that comes by? I know there are lights that do this already. Why don’t they all do it? Why don’t lights just all become yield lights after say, 2 a.m. Keep the high traffic street permanently green and have the other direction set to yield. HOW HARD WOULD THAT BE? Really, how much would it cost to upgrade all the lights to be smarter? I bet the program could be stored all on a chip that costs 10 cents to make.
And another thing, have you people noticed a surge in “turn on green light only” lights? They are everywhere and they are a nuisance. Sometimes they are on streets that don’t even have fast and heavy traffic. Why do they have to torment me like this? Isn’t my life already bad enough? Can’t I at least enjoy turning left while oncoming traffic barrels down on me?
I assume people that don’t have road rage and are understanding (sheep) will say that the reason for all this crap is SAFETY. I am far too cynical and suspicious for that. I think the real reason is just to have more excuses to give people tickets. Illinois does have a huge money problem after all. I am pretty sure that there was a meeting in some darkened room that went something like this:
” Ok men, we are 12 billion in the hole. People are getting really tired of our shit. We need to make money and fix this problem FAST what do we do?
“Well, we could stop siphoning tax dollars into our own bank accounts. Perhaps we could take pay cuts ourselves and also cut back spending money on needless things.”
“Louie, Legs, make this guy disappear”
“Wha? ACK ACHHHHH EEEEHHhhhhhh”
“Alright, how about we just dick over our citizens by taxing and ticketing them, but actually change nothing for the better in the process”
“I like your gumption. I think you got something there. LET’S DO IT”
Yea I am sure that is exactly how it went down. IT’S A BIG CONSPIRACY AND WE ARE ALL GETTING SCREWED BY IT. GAS COMPANIES DON’T WANT US TO GET TO OUR DESTINATIONS IN AN EFFICIENT MANNER. CAR COMPANIES WANT OUR CARS TO IDLE LONGER AND HAVE MORE STOP AND GO TRAFFIC. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE