We often make references to congestion on highways especially in major urban areas. Its traffic, it takes longer, it requires patience.
Although the photo is slightly out of focus, you can see that The Colonel travelled 29 kms at an average speed of 27 kph it took over 1 hour. The fuel economy was 15.1 L/100 kms...yes also a little chilly outside at minus 9 C.
There are sound bites about self driving cars, fuel economy, winter tires, and so on and on. Having to endure congestion is part of the urban reality these days. Do we really focus on how much time, and resources are wasted in dealing with congestion?
There are hundreds or is it thousands of vehicles/drivers enduring the same situation on that specific highway, at that time. Obvious there are several other highways/roads that are also congested.
As you sit in a car dealing with congestion its easy to immediately think about AV's (autonomous vehicles) that would make it more productive (on the premise that you could be doing something else). Then the thought goes to "Are we really on the cusp of having full on AV's?" and as you continue to crawl "Don't think so" immediately comes to mind.
Even as CES is going strong in Las Vegas and AV's are navigating parking lots, for some reason AV's in winter in Canada...perhaps its not a done deal just yet.
In the meantime we endure congested highways, poor usage of time, and resources (gasoline).