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The best way to avoid traffic? Get rid of the drivers

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March 13th 2008 -- Manhattan NY. West Street near Canal. (photo by Brendon Stuart) (Brendon Stuart)

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March 12th 2008 -- Manhattan NY. Rush hour traffic is moderated by New York police at 41st street and 11th avenue. (photo by Brendon Stuart) (Brendon Stuart)

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March 12th 2008 -- Manhattan NY. Rush hour traffic is moderated by New York police at 41st street and 11th avenue. (photo by Brendon Stuart) (Brendon Stuart)

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The best way to eliminate congestion, some experts say, is to take the driver out of the driver’s seat. The latest driverless design envisions a dual-mode system, whereby cars would be driven normally on smaller roads and for shorter distances, but could go driverless on specialized electric rails, or “guideways,” for high-speed controlled travel.


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