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‘Ghost’ road barrier tricks drivers into stopping
While the majority of drivers obey road signs, there are some that will dangerously ignore a stop sign if they’re in a rush. Australia’s Laservision has now created the Softstop, a projected sign that gives the illusion of a physical barrier across the road. READ MORE…
In South Korea, vacant parking lots automatically alert drivers using nothing but balloons and string
While Germany’s ParkTag app uses smartphone-enabled crowdsourcing to alleviate the stress of finding a parking space, sometimes solutions can take a much more modest form. The Here campaign uses a simple balloon system to let drivers instantly know when a parking lot space is free. READ MORE…
High-tech parking meters detect vehicles and charge accordingly
Parking in the city can be a nightmare, which is why startups such as ParkTag have aimed to use crowdsourced data to let drivers know when a space becomes free near them. Now KERBspace is using tech to help parking meter operators to make the ticketing process more seamless. READ MORE…
In Canada, drivers’ Bluetooth transmissions used for real-time congestion info
Government innovations such as Egypt’s Cairo Transport App Challenge have seen the crowds tapped for solutions to traffic congestion. However, the City of Calgary is now making use of their citizens’ communication tools by trialling its Bluetooth traffic tracking program, harnessing data anonymously from drivers’ cell phones. READ MORE…
Roadside system uses lights and sound to keep deer safe from traffic
Wildlife collisions pose a serious threat to vehicles on the roads – not to mention the drivers and passengers inside them – but new technology from Austrian IPTE Schalk and Schalk OG aims to reduce that risk dramatically. Specifically, IPTE’s newly revamped DeerDeter system uses strobe lights and sound to keep deer off the road while vehicles pass. READ MORE…

Crowdsourcing to tackle traffic crimes in Lebanon

Earlier this year we saw mobile app Hollaback focusing attention on the perpetrators of street harassment, allowing victims to post photos and share stories online. Now, aiming to tackle the problem of irresponsible social behavior, starting with traffic crimes, Cheyef 7alak in Lebanon is also utilizing the crowdsourcing approach to publicize wrongdoers. READ MORE…