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Star Trek inspires intelligent traffic lights. Norwegian researchers have developed some pedestrian signals that keep the light green until you have finished crossing the street. The lights are fitted with 3D cameras aimed at collecting data such as how quickly someone is walking. This information is then used to predict what the pedestrian will do. Trondheim University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher Anders Kofod-Petersen believes that these intelligent lights will also help to make traffic more environmentally friendly.

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Star Trek inspires intelligent traffic lights

Published on Thursday, 7th June, 2012 at 13:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 7th June 2012 at 15:58.

Norwegian researchers have developed some pedestrian signals that keep the light green until you have finished crossing the street.

Pedestrian signals and Anders Kofod-Petersen
Pedestrian signals and Anders Kofod-Petersen
Photo: Kai T. Dragland (NTNU)


The lights are fitted with 3D cameras aimed at collecting data such as how quickly someone is walking. This information is then used to predict what the pedestrian will do.

Trondheim University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher Anders Kofod-Petersen believes that these intelligent lights will also help to make traffic more environmentally friendly.

“We can plan more efficient light signals in traffic when we know what purpose pedestrians have,” he told research magazine Gemini.

Scientists got the idea from an intelligent door in Star Trek that only opened when people were ready to use it.

NTNU researchers have also designed an intelligent door that can be used by up to 15 people at a time. Tests and simulations suggest that the door works.

The traffic lights use much of the same technology but perform more tasks than the door.

Mr Kofod-Petersen also said the new pedestrian signals can help in the fight against global warming.

“For example, there’s no reason for the light to change if there are no pedestrians there. In this way, traffic flow be both more efficient and more environmentally friendly. The less cars have to stop and drive on, the less emissions of CO2 and NOx will be.”

NTNU collaborated on developing the traffic lights with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Statens vegvesen). Researchers hope to test them out at one location in Trondheim by the autumn.

“It’s really, really cool,” Mr Kofod-Petersen informed The Foreigner.



Published on Thursday, 7th June, 2012 at 13:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 7th June 2012 at 15:58.

This post has the following tags: startrek, norwegianpedestriancrossings, walkdontwalksigns.





  
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