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  • rabbismile

    It's funny but I think it's much more better then ever...

  • Sketchofthescene

    How expensive are these exactly? I don't think we are going to switch from the perfectly good stoplights we have, and go spend our money on new ones. If you ask me, it's a waste of time.

  • Mickey David

    what about intersections and lane turnings?

  • James Igoe

    Why not? Colorblindness, which affects 8% of men. The current light can at least be read by positions, even if you cannot see colors well. Although this has some positional element that could be used by the colorblind, the estimation factor could lead to numerous problems, as people vary in their ability to judge size and time. The countdown is useful, but that should appear inside the existing amber.

  • Myki Adama

    I've thought about the red light having a timer to it. But in that scenario, I fear more accidents would happen. There's a slight delay between when the opposing lanes get a red light and your light turns green. If people started revving up because they knew the light was about to turn green, there may be more premature drivers, drivers jumping the gun so to speak and potentially running into someone zooming through a yellow/orange light at the last second.

  • rld840

    what about turning lanes and left turns at intersections?

  • M1515

    I think there was some more interesting research done in a town in the Netherlands, where they removed all the traffic lights. Accidents at junctions supposedly went down and traffic flow was better. People just had to look out for the other cars at the junction.
    Another idea is "roundabouts": that circle in the middle of the junction and everyone drives around it in a specific direction. Same principle as no traffic lights but a little bit of organization.
    Maybe somebody can imagine something even better than roundabouts.

  • HD Kim

    I think it's interesting..

  • DuckyDog

    Now blind people will be safer on the roads!!!! (If this happens) :)

  • Matthew Barnes

    Thats funny. I would love to see that on a busy street somewhere.

  • Scott Stolz

    This might be good as a supplement to current signals at intersections with heavy traffic. A couple design issues stand out that prevent it from replacing conventional lights. One is that people who are red/green colorblind may have a problem with the design because it does not have separate heads for red and green. On traditional lights in most countries, red it always on the top, and green always on the bottom, or on sideways mounted lights, red on the left and green on the right (for countries that drive on the right side of the road; left drive countries are usually opposite). Also, the fact that the green light and red light are in different positions is considered a design feature. Seeing one light go out, and a different light come on make it more obvious that the signal has changed. Where this light would stand out is in a downtown area where the lights are synchronized at a certain speed. Adding this, in addition to current signals, would help communicate how the signals are synced and perhaps improve traffic flow.

    • DuckyDog

      interesting theory but id guess if we did it it would be logical that the words were under/in the the hour glass.

  • PenLuxeSmith

    Don't the current traffic lights system work fine? If it ain't broke.....

  • 2Flawed

    was posted 3 years ago

  • TechNotz

    great idea

  • TechNotz

    Great Idea

  • rollingcargo

    I think it would be great. At least you anticipate

  • BLefleur

    This is interesting and would make waiting at the stop light more tolerable. However, I can see how this might cause more accidents as well. Someone rushing toward the intersection (there are always crazy drivers) can see the hour glass ahead, trying to time it just right to make it to the intersection by the time it turns green. They may misjudge the timing and suddenly have to stop causing an accident, or they may get it just right as someone else in another lane is also trying to time the light just right to make their turn before the light turns red, maybe going through just after the light turns red. The two crash at high speeds. People rush through traffic lights as it is. Letting them know how much time they have makes it a race or a challenge to beat the light, becoming a dangerous game, especially among teen drivers. Like I said, interesting and fun, but there are unintended consequences that could make it more dangerous.

  • whatitis

    As Homer Simpson would say...Boring!

    How about little images of our more attractive celebs who's clothes slowly disappear as the light get's closer to changing..kind of like those naked pens that activate when turned upside down.

    Would be nice to see the Kardashian gals finally apply their "talents" to something useful..And no, not you Bruce...

  • shealy422

    If some one is colorblind they will be unable to tell if the light has changed colors. That is why the lights are the way they are now, red is always on the top, and green is always on the bottom.

  • joem207

    germany has count down xmas tree lights like at a drag strip from red to yellow to blue for go

    • DeutschlandUrlauber

      I live in Germany for 20 years now and never saw such a traffic light. Where can I find this?

  • rockmon99

    i must say, new traffic lights??? quite interesting. in my opinion, i think it is best for these new and improved traffic lights should launch right about now. i am sick and tired of the traditional ones. BEHOLD THE FUTURE IS NEAR!!!!

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  • tmqsdkjfie

    Beautiful, but it's not that simple. Most modern 'smart' traffic lights in cities are regulated by traffic controllers (with detectors like inductive loops and radar detection) to change the green light time intervals depending on the traffic situation, time of the day, etc. So the time to green is constantly changing, which is not possible to display - whatever way. Regards, dM3

  • Mike Moon

    I like the idea however, it only makes people that much more impatient. When they know exactly when the light will turn green down to the very second, it makes them anticipate the green light more and then you'd have people jumping the gun. Now mix that with people that know they can burn the yellow because they know they have a second to cross it. I don't think this works for the public at large.

  • yoomark

    This is one good solution because we can know when time is come to start.

  • Nickanoki

    What about people who are colorblind? The current light structure is a standard where each light is in a specific location so that someone who is colorblind can identify which light is lit. If this system were implemented, the 10% of the population that is unable to distinguish between red and green will be unable to safely drive in areas where these are installed.

  • inspectorudy

    I saw this idea tried in North Miami FL many years ago and it was abandoned after a short trial period. What they discovered was that a normal driver looking at a green light would actually accelerate towards the intersection thinking that they could beat the "Clock" before it changed to red and the red light people thought that they could time the red light to get to the intersection at just the right moment when it turned to green. The results were disastrous! All drivers were actually never even considering to stop and either accelerated or only slowed down so that when they go to the intersection no one was prepared to stop. The intersection was littered with bumper and head light parts and it was abandoned after only a few days.

  • beb

    This is more clever than practical. In Asia it is common to have a number countdown that does the same thing in a very straightforward and clear manner. I find it very useful since I can tell how long I have before I reach the intersection. How about trying that simple solution before something like this?

  • Daniel Conder

    It's interesting but not practical, just like everyone says, colour-blind people would have a lot of trouble with this. Standard lights, everyone knows Red is at top, green is at bottom. This solves the CB issue. 3 timers perhaps? On the note of timers, I think you will find that people would be more inclined to race against the timer to make it. Having a sudden change is unexpected and causes the fight or flight response rather than the competition factor that comes with a countdown.

    • Don Meaker

      Not all traffic lights are Red at the top. In Texas, many lights are oriented horizontally. The Hourglass shape could be somewhat different (one smaller than the other) to help colorblind folks, just as some lights currently have the red light larger than the others.
      An X in the Red light would also provide a visual cue, and a => ^ or controller.

      • Don Meaker

        That is interesting. The arrow pointing left is read as a control character,
        Add "the point of the article and the inventor is that more information can be presented to permit driving more accurately, rather than a single bit of information that encourages the driver to act like a bang bang controller.

  • gininitaly

    Interesting.... while right in front of it I suppose you know how antsy to get or not... but how would it appear from a distance... confusing?

  • afortune

    It's "cute" and interesting, but honestly sideways lights are hard enough for people who are red green colorblind. Granted these people are a minority they still exist and shouldn't have to avoid driving because they can't tell the difference between the green and the red at least with the current stop lights they can tell via which light is on top, bottom, or left or right.

  • shanicerae

    I mean, its "cool" but not exactly convenient. Its just a bit confusing really.

  • ekldesign

    Two words: colorblind people.

  • Sn0wBiZz

    the current traffic light deisgn is better for the colour-blind people

  • tkeller

    This design is confusing, but the concept is good. In San Francisco, the yellow lights are SHORT, so I look at the crosswalk counter for pedestrians so I can begin to stop as the green light is ending, rather than relying on the yellow light to know it's time to stop.

  • cooraykn3

    quite nice and attractive too.

  • Mehmet Tursan

    a quote of the day next to it would be interesting...

  • Anthony Lysenko

    this is a silly looking cocktail glass, a ridiculous concept. what's needed is pac-man style disappearing pie chart

  • Nick Meyers

    Don't like to dampen new ideas but I have to say dar-nay-no to this one. A: too confusing for old people and B: too expensive for the minute difference it would make.

  • Nimesh Ghelani

    Green Hourglass is NOT GOOD! When the green hourglass is running out, it may cause drivers getting rash racing against the remaining time.

    • juli s

      don't they already do this? we have so many people running red lights in my city. i feel like it might help to know how much time actually remains. it helps when pedestrians know how much more time there is to cross, no?

  • Kcuf Koobecaf

    Local Governments would never install something such as this. Giving the public the ability to judge traffic light changing times would reduce the number of tickets and thus drop the revenue of the city. Would be great but governmental greed would prevent it from happening. Its the same reason we don't have fully automated cars.

    • Shawn Solomon

      Fully automated cars can for certain reasons such as imperfect code and thus glitches, be insanely dangerous. The technology is there, and there are some car companies who are working on it actually. In fact, there are no fewer than two states in which fully self-operating vehicles are legal. But it's still a matter of how automated can you make it? The average consumer won't be happy until they sit and tell the car where to go and it can take them where they specify. Even then, you'll have the out crying question of what happens if the AI bugs out somehow and potentially leaves you in manual operation mode without warning?

      The reasons these don't exist comes along the lines of, do they even know they exist? Do people who are familiar with the standard version currently in use, recognize this design? And of course the bottom line in all of it, how much would it cost to replace a substantial portion of the lighting systems to create precedent to warrant them becoming a standard? (Think not only the costs of material, installation, disposal of old equipment, but also educating the general public.)

      • Don Meaker

        Non automated cars can be insanely dangerous. Drivers can be tired, drunk, or distracted. An automated system need not be perfect, only as good as a normal driver on a good day, and that was some of the worst drivers on a bad day can be aided.

  • Ben Lambert

    This makes total sense to me and I can see how this could reduce traffic and make crossings safer. Without meaning to cause offence to anyone with eyesight problems but if they struggle to see traffic lights clearly then, in my opinion that person shouldn't be on the road.

  • Cletus Mcfarlan

    Great for everyone my ass, my colorblind friend has a hard enough time figuring out when to, particularly at night, during the day he can at least see, top bottom and middle.

  • Fill Fill

    That's a horrible illustration. Being half-full is "wait" and red, what are they thinking? Almost empty "ready" and yellow? And full is "go" and green?

    That's confusing as heck.

    In software UI we call this a 'selfish' interface, which means because the designer is consumed with it that they assume the user will be too, which of course they will not.

    • ekldesign

      You're missing something. The hourglass always drains, and when it reaches empty at a certain color, the color changes.

    • Maxson Green

      Presumably, the illustration on the far right depicts an example of the "green" animation near the beginning of its cycle with perhaps only a half-second having elapsed, the middle illustration depicts the "yellow" animation which further clarifies how much time is remaining by adding a numeric countdown, and the far left illustration depicts a "red" animation displaying how much time remains until "green." Being "half-full" is a state which all three colors can exist in and is not exclusive to "red."

  • Brad Bice

    This isn't very accessible for the colorblind. The advantage of current traffic lights is that the top (or left, if the bar is sideways) light is always stop and the bottom (or right) is always go. Retaining that formation, as in Stankovic's design, is probably the best way to go.

    • Maxson Green

      I agree. This design relies heavily on color recognition. The current design adds a spatial dimension that is missing in this design.

      • EYM2013

        Unfortunately it is true the current Red, Yellow, Green scheme relies completely on color recognition and in my opinion is dangerous. Especially considering 7 - 10% of males world wide are red-green color blind.

        As with other posts I suggest graphic symbols be used in tandem with the current color scheme might be the ideal solution.