Meet the startup on a mission to eliminate traffic jams

Meet the startup on a mission to eliminate traffic jams

Commuters waste valuable hours sitting in traffic. But a Cambridge university graduate reckons he has the answer to end the gridlock

Could traffic congestion soon be a thing of the past? Photograph: Andy Butterton/EMPICS

Could traffic congestion soon be a thing of the past?
With driverless cars and electric hire bikes, our roads are going to look very different in the future. And if Richard Cartwright has his way, there will be far fewer traffic jams too.

The entrepreneur is working on a low-cost way of using data to free up roads. Every week, commuters waste valuable hours sitting in their cars, burning costly fuel and generating emissions and noise. It is estimated that drivers in London spend a dispiriting three days a year in rush-hour traffic, while commuters in Birmingham and Manchester lose a day. And it’s not just the inconvenience of it – the cost of congestion to drivers is estimated to be £30bn per year.
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