We Are Traffic

I’ve just finished reading Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic. The key takeaway for me is that safety is not simply a function of engineering, but rather includes a very healthy dose of psychology and behavior, often in very non-intuitive ways.

Perhaps most perverse is the idea that as we add safety features to our roads and vehicles, safety does not increase as much as we expect — because we promptly begin to rely on this technology and take greater risks…

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