The next car you buy might be able to tell you when another driver is going to run a red light, saving you thousands of dollars in repairs and quite possibly saving your life. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an algorithm that determines which drivers will run a red light, within one to two seconds before a potential collision. According MIT News, the team tracked more than 15,000 cars at a busy intersection in Christianburg, Va. Using various instruments, researchers monitored factors like the vehicle's deceleration and distance from the light when it turned red to determine which cars were likely to jump the gun and which ones would wait for the light to change. They found that their predictions were correct about 85 percent of the time, a rate of success about 15-20 percent better than existing traffic prediction algorithms. Researchers said they foresee the technology deployed in "smart cars" of the future. "If you had some type of heads- up display for the driver, it might be something where the algorithms are analyzing and saying, 'We're concerned,'" said Jonathan How, one of the researchers and a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "Even though your light might be green, it may recommend you not to go, because there are people behaving badly that you may not be aware of." www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,23971.../pcmag/breakingnews+(PCMag.com+Breaking+News) .