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Senseable city lab (mit): a console table for the users

10/01/2015
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Paolo Santi (researcher at the Institute for Informatics and Telematics of the Italian National Council of Research) has tried to find the best way of managing an intersection with Self-Driving Technology: he has done this at the Senseable City Lab of the MIT, in which he has partecipated and coordinated the scientific part. To make this specific project a reality and more understandable - also for a common people - during the Internet Festival, "we designed an installation and through it we had a comparison between real intersection in Boston" said Paolo Santi, "and we were able to see how the different traffic management system, the traffic light of one side and our autonomous intersection algorithm on the other side could deal with the traffic, number of vehicles, etc. The idea was to have a console table: the users can change parameters like the numbers of vehicles approaching from each direction, introduce, through a nice button, the arrival of a pedestrian in order to see how the two system react to pedestrians. Furthermore, the users could see in real time the performance of the two systems and compare them in term of the emissions, for instance, that are generated by the vehicles on the road and also the delay which is the amount of time the vehicles need to cross the intersection".