The Smart Crossing, a prototype that alerts drivers when pedestrians are crossing the road and lets them know when it is safe to walk, has been unveiled in London.
The world-first trial is aimed at cutting some of the 20 traffic incidents per day that happen at road crossings. The 22 metre-long smart road surface can pre-empt pedestrians’ movements, marking out Zebra crossing lines by lighting up the road surface with LEDs.
The crossing can turn road markings green automatically to tell pedestrians to walk and can differentiate between people, cyclists and vehicles to change road markings accordingly.
The Smart Crossing, developed by insurance company Direct Line, can see what is happening around it using computer vision and update the road markings without manual control.