That’s what I was thinking the other day, in my apartment, when I adjusted the Velcro straps on my Oculus Quest, a chunky virtual-reality headset made of black

How can AI reduce travel time?

  • Autonomous vehicles have been shown to reduce traffic congestion considerably.[1] A study showed that with as few as 5% of vehicles being automated, we can eliminate stop-and-go waves caused by human driving behavior.[2]
  • Autonomous vehicles could collaborate with each other to minimize bottlenecks and traffic jams.[3]Lyft is working on autonomous ride-sharing, too.[4]
  • AI-powered traffic lights used in 50 intersections in Pittsburgh have reduced travel time by 25% and emissions by 21%, allegedly.[5]
  • Fixing video conferencing[6] and virtual reality for social interactions[7] would encourage working remotely — thus reducing traffic especially at peak hours.
  • AI-powered drones can be used for delivery of packages.[8] Right now, delivery vehicles cause a big chunk of congestion.[9]
  • Smart Cities use AI methods to optimize services like Bus and subway schedules, town planning and transportation infrastructure.[10]
  • AI used in entertainment products[11] (Netflix recommendation system) and food delivery apps[12](DoorDash delivery) encourages people to stay at home more..? Okay, I think I’m taking this too far. Fin.


[1] Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow

[2] Field experiments

[3] Routing Multiple Vehicles Cooperatively: Minimizing Road Network Breakdown Probability

[4] Lyft and Gear Up to Test Autonomous Ride Sharing

[5] Pittsburgh’s AI Traffic Signals Will Make Driving Less Boring

[6] Nvidia’s Latest AI Module Can Fix Video Conferencing and Lettuce

[7] How Virtual Reality Facilitates Social Connection

[8] Amazon Reveals New Details About Drone Deliveries

[9] Fixing a Secret Cause of Urban Traffic

[10] Transportation Planning

[11] How Netflix’s AI Saves It $1 Billion Every Year

[12] DoorDash was built using AI to speed up food deliveries