Since I live in a city that has become a bedroom community for the suburban campuses of Silicon Valley, I have to ask, "Is there an app for that?" Apparently not. Even though Google Maps gives me surprisingly accurate estimates of walking, driving, and busing times, it seems there is no algorithm that will maximize the efficiency of traffic signals at intersections during rush hour.
A related problem was reported recently. Google's self-driving cars have caused traffic problems and even accidents because they drive too safely. Human drivers push the envelope on traffic laws based on their perceptions of the amount of traffic, weather, time of day, schools letting out, etc. But self-driving cars are super-safe all the time, which confuses the hell out of us.
How far will artificial intelligence have to go to catch up with this guy? Is there a Turing test for directing traffic? Can we not write a set of rules to reign in the me-first instinct of people in cities?
I can tell you: this guy does not look worried.