In order to reinforce road safety and encourage more pedestrians to respect the red ‘don’t walk’ man, Smart Automobile have come up with a way to make waiting fun! Introducing….the dancing traffic light.
The inventors of Germany’s Smart Automobile experimented with their new creation in Lisbon, Portugal, testing whether their new dancing traffic light would stop impatient pedestrians from ignoring the red don’t walk symbol.
People passing by were invited to take part, going into a booth nearby and selecting their favourite music. When the ‘red man’ come onto nearby traffic lights, the music began to play and the person inside the booth begins to dance.
A video feed transmits the booth dancer’s moves to the pedestrian light, which results in the ‘red man’ copying the dancer’s moves.
The entertaining dancing light keeps audiences in the street occupied until it is safe to cross, and the experiment showed that 81% more pedestrians waited until the green light came on before crossing than before the dancing man.
What do you think? Should we try this in NZ? Check out the video below to see how it works.
Article written by D Mulhern
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