Do road signs belong on the dashboard?
Technology in the transportation industry is nothing new, but is it evolving too quickly? Each day, it becomes more difficult to keep track of new gadgets, devices, software, apps and other technologies put on market to improve our lives.
In the field of transportation engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems technology makes our jobs easier. Ramp meters, message boards, cameras and real-time traffic information are just a few of the advances that we can’t live without anymore. In the public sector, drivers can use GPS devices and smartphones to help navigate the roads. Yet one aspect that has remained relatively unchanged is the use of physical traffic signs.
All of this may be changing, thanks to new technology.
A few days ago, I came across this interesting article explaining how researchers are studying the removal of physical traffic signs from the side of the road and instead projecting the sign onto a car’s dashboard. Using smart technology, the road signs will appear inside the car, alerting the driver of any actions to be taken. For example, if a car approaches a four-way stop, the car will display the stop sign to the driver. If there are no other cars at the intersection, the car’s sensor picks up on this and allows the driver to proceed ahead without a stop.
If this technology works correctly, there is an opportunity to change the way drivers navigate the road. Sound like a good idea? What do you think? Could these traffic dashboard displays revolutionize the transportation industry? Please share your thoughts with us.
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