It’s happened to just about everyone. The light turns green, you step on the throttle and just as you pull into the intersection a car races across your path. If you’re lucky, you hit the brakes in time, mutter a curse under your breath and then drive on. But many motorists aren’t so lucky, with red light runners causing tens of thousands of accidents annually – many resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
Efforts to crack down have had only moderate impact, even with the increasing use of automatic traffic enforcement cameras.
But researchers at MIT think they may have a better solution: a newly-developed algorithm they suggest is highly effective at predicting when a motorist will run a red light.
While the system would only be able to provide a second or two’s warning, researchers believe that could be enough to prevent an accident, perhaps even save a life.