At the Washington Auto Show The National Science Foundation (NSF) showed off one of the projects they funded. The NSF funds more than 3,000 autonomous vehicle research projects. The organization is dedicated to funding projects in science and engineering research and education that will directly impact our world.

A great example is a Collaborative Research project – Control of Vehicular Traffic Flow via Low-Density Autonomous Vehicles. $239,971.00 was awarded to Rutgers University, Temple University, The University of Arizona, and Vanderbilt University.

Through this project, it was realized that you only need 5% of the vehicles driving in a constant pattern and those cars can change the flow of traffic and reduce fuel consumption by up to 40%.

Listen as Emily from Vanderbilt University explains how the project works and the findings that could transform your world.