Here’s a concept: a crosswalk that actually works!
The Solar Powered 4-Way Traffic Light by Joona (which comes to us via Ecofriend) makes use of sensors that get tripped whenever a pedestrian crosses the area adjacent to a crosswalk. Solar-powered sensors pick up on the desire of the human wishing to cross and turn the traffic light red for approaching cars, then signal pedestrian that it’s safe to cross, via energy-efficient LED-based traffic lights. Pedestrians proceed on their way, safe from harm, all via eco-friendly technologies.
Not only does this make sense for decreasing crosswalk fatalities, this design has the potential to protect pedestrians without adding a whole lot to municipal taxes. After all, those traffic lights are just standing around in the sun all day. Why not have them soak up a little juice?
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