Makeshift detour notices and ancient traffic lights from the 20th century sometimes make following road rules difficult. Human error and faded signals sometimes send the wrong sign to drivers and pedestrians, resulting in car accidents and injuries. In addition to the traffic light’s archaic design, those who are color blind can have a difficult time distinguishing between red and green, stop and go. Confronting the downfalls of a design from yesteryear, Moscow-based design firm Art. Lebedev Studio developed a led traffic signal fixture to match today’s modern design and technological capabilities.
Requested by two cities in Russia for testing in a limited capacity, Art. Lebedev Studio’s traffic light condenses the three-tier stoplight into one digital panel. That runs a continuous loop of various traffic signals. When it’s time to stop, the entire fixture emanates a red glow and projects an ‘X’ to signal to color-blind drivers that it’s time to stop. Similarly, when it’s okay to drive on. Green fills the screen and an arrow indicates full speed ahead. A countdown is also displayed when each led traffic signal starts. Allowing drivers to countdown when it’ll be time to go and when they’ll have to slow down.
If you’re like me and the first thing you look for at a stop sign is a ‘No Turn on Red,’ posting, this led traffic signal from Art. Lebedev has got us covered. Nonstandard signals are also programming into the traffic light. So drivers will know when it’s okay to turn on red among other road rules. Hybrid display panels will color half of the screen red and the other half green. With an ‘X’ indicating stop and an arrow pointing to the right signaling to drivers that right turns on red are allowing.
Bringing the new design to the pedestrian level, Art. Lebedev developing almost a little sister to the taller traffic light. Shorter than the traffic light, the pedestrian’s panel will also feature simple animations. That illustrate when pedestrians can walk across busy streets and when they should hang back to wait for traffic to pass. Relying only on a 5G connection for operation, new traffic and detour information can be programming remotely into traffic lights to keep drivers up to speed on the latest road rules.