LTLFTcomposite wrote: VitaminJ wrote:
jlv wrote:...(O.T.: Riding in a taxi in China has to be one of the most horrifying experiences of my life...
Hey at least there are lines on the road! In Indonesia they drive the same way but there are no painted lines and the roads are only 2 lanes wide through most of the country. Once we were passing slower traffic and so was someone else coming the other direction so we passed that car on the wrong side of the road, they passed us on their wrong side, and then both of us weaved back to the correct side as the slower passed traffic came by. That was interesting!
Going further OT, one could ask if in a future world of self driving cars roads would we even want to have lines or lanes, or have all the cars driving on the same side of the road. Perhaps everything should be questioned, in this future world the roads are just paved surfaces where cars and trucks are routed dynamically based on algorithms that optimize everything. For example on a two lane road, if the majority of cars are headed in a particular direction at some time of day (say out of town in the afternoon) and just a couple cars are headed into town, the entire surface could be used for outbound traffic while the inbound cars are pulled over temporarily. Yeah it would suck to be in one of those inbound cars but the collective time savings would be enormous. It could all be quite a sight!
That assumes that motor vehicles are the only users of roads, and that there's no cross traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists, delivery vehicles, etc. It might well work for freeways to have x total number of lanes and be able to assign a changing amount for travel in each direction, sort of like what's done on the Golden Gate Bridge now with movable barriers, just without the barriers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVKcRHKH4Js
but I don't see that as an option where you don't have limited access roads with no at-grade crossings.