In the course of your life, you’ll spend an average of three months sitting in traffic. Lost productivity and wasted fuel cost the U.S. economy $160 billion a year. Traffic is responsible for adding 15,000 kilotons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
And here’s the good news: It’s only going to get worse. By 2030, the number of cars on the world’s roads is expected to have doubled. If we don’t do something about it, traffic, a byproduct of progress, will clog our cities and highways so badly that progress will grind to a halt.
Fortunately, some people are trying to do something about it. From the jungles of Panama to the test tracks of Detroit to the underground tunnels of London, this special episode of Unsolvable spans the globe to find the innovators who are developing strange and radical solutions to traffic that will keep the world moving in the 21st century.
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