If the thought of driving home on the 405 at 5 p.m. in Los Angeles traffic sounds bad, then the recent 50-lane-wide traffic jam in Beijing will give you nightmares.
A severe traffic jam on the 50-lane G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway last Wednesday was caused by a newly installed checkpoint that forced cars to merge into 20 lanes. According to The People’s Daily, the bottleneck effect left thousands of drivers stuck in their cars for hours.
Data reported by China’s Transport Ministry indicate that well over 750 million people were on the road in the past week for National Day festivities. A drone was able to get aerial views of the insane chaos that ensued.
Last month, researchers released a math-based model explaining how traffic jams happen.