Countdown Yellow Traffic Light Design

 

What do you think of this new traffic light design which features an hourglass with countdown yellow lights to give the driver a better sense of when, exactly, a traffic light will go red?

Don't get hung up on the part about the yellow light before the green. That's a feature of traffic light sequences in many European countries that would be programmed out of these traffic lights if they were used in the USA. I'm just asking about the look of the light and the hourglass feature on the yellows.
http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/11/18/sands-of-traffic-times...

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not a good idea imo -

not a good idea imo - problems outweight the benefits.

Time will Tell

I think that once people got use to them they may cut back on people running lights. But only time will tell.

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Or...

johnm405 wrote:

I think that once people got use to them they may cut back on people running lights. But only time will tell.

Some people may think "OK let me speed up. There is a second left and I can make it"...floors gas pedal.

Stupid idea, IMO.

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Good Point

Thanos_of_MW wrote:
johnm405 wrote:

I think that once people got use to them they may cut back on people running lights. But only time will tell.

Some people may think "OK let me speed up. There is a second left and I can make it"...floors gas pedal.

Stupid idea, IMO.

What you say is also anothr good point against them,

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More info - more safety

I think that the more info you can provide the driver (in a non-distracting, easy-to-digest format), the better.

This was linked to in the forum from the previous link and appears to be a better design with a simpler information presentation. Not sure if it includes the same info for green/yellow but it should. I like it:
http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/11/30/a-better-understanding...

- Phil

This reminds me of

the post stating that using your brain less leads to brain loss... When are we going to start pushing the gas and break pedals for people too? Bad idea. Red means stop, green go. Yellow shouldn't mean "let's weigh our options..."

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I like it....but

What about people who are color-blind? They can see the position of the light and use that to tell if the light is red, yellow or green now. What positional clues will they have when the entire display area is used for all three colors?

What about using the three light layout only use a digital count down display instead of a round light? (Patent pending - call me if you want to use the idea)

MERGE!

I am glad someone did a search on the term SAND and found this thread.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/31208

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Colour Blind?

18% of the male population is colour blind to Red/Green.

With a normal traffic light, you only need to know the position of the light, not the colour.

This could be an issue for those people and how will the courts react, if you run a redlight, because you couldn't differentiate the difference?

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My apologies

onestep wrote:

I am glad someone did a search on the term SAND and found this thread.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/31208

Before starting a new thread, as always, I did look around to see if someone had already posted the story, but I missed the earlier thread. I am sorry.

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Already in use

jackj180 wrote:

What about people who are color-blind? They can see the position of the light and use that to tell if the light is red, yellow or green now. What positional clues will they have when the entire display area is used for all three colors?

What about using the three light layout only use a digital count down display instead of a round light? (Patent pending - call me if you want to use the idea)

This idea is already in use in Canada and some third world countries such as Guyana in South America.
for the last three years I have travelled to Guyana and they have the count down led timers that let you know how long before the light will change to green or red

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