A prototype “responsive” road crossing powered by cameras, computer programming and a huge LED screen implanted into the road has been displayed for the first time.
The Smart Crossing, which was trialled in Mitcham, south London, uses technology to monitor pedestrians, bicycles and motorists, and adjust its road markings in real time.
The device, which measures 7.5m x 22m, shows familiar red and green markings to let pedestrians know whether they can cross, then paints their crossing point with white lines at the appropriate time.
It also highlights where cars should stop and a separate areas for bicycles.
In emergencies it can flash red around pedestrians who unexpectedly walk into the road, which designers Umbrellium hope could save lives if rolled out in the real world.
Usam Haque, an Umbrellium partner who helped develop the crossing for insurance firm Direct Line, said: “This is about bringing pedestrian crossings up-to-speed with the rest of a modern-day city. Pedestrian crossings as we know them were made for a different age, when the human relationship with the city was completely different.”
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