Gilbert W. Winslow Assistant Professor Cathy Wu’s PhD work on Autonomous vehicles was featured in a Wired Insiderarticle. The article discusses the inevitable issue of traffic, and how researchers used reinforcement learning to create simulations and visualizations of traffic flow. At the University of Berkeley, the Director for the Institute of Transportation Studies and Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering, and Professor Wu who was a PhD student at the time, conducted research on the ways in which autonomous vehicles could positively impact traffic flow. Their studies found that if there are five to 10 percent of autonomous vehicles on the road, it can help alleviate localized congestion which would in turn, lessen traffic at the larger scale. Read more here.