Tuesday, September 4, 2012

When Traffic Lights Lose Power: Spontaneous Order



This site has an interesting case study on the spontaneous order of traffic in New Zealand.  It involves filming traffic one day when the lights were out and then again the next day at the same time.  I haven't counted the number of cars in each video...I assume they're supposed to line up approximately.

I must say that I've been in areas where the traffic lights are out and traffic did not flow as smoothly over here stateside.  Perhaps it's due to the rule that you're supposed to treat the blank lights as a stop sign.  That rule impedes the spontaneous order.  In case you didn't click the link, I'm posting the video below.

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