Unhappy truckers and other algorithmic problems

Tom Vanderbilt of Nautilus on how transportation optimization starts with math, but ends in understanding human behavior:

We are getting smarter at moving things around. But the less obvious story is that we are getting a grasp on how to model the human element in transportation. Just as we are getting to know algorithms, algorithms are getting to know us.

Interesting story which brings back (not so pleasant) memories of those word problems in math class: a train leaves Chicago at 1:13pm, traveling at 57 MPH… Ugh.