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11/10/2017

Smart Crossing prototype unveiled in London

Smart crossing by Direct Line

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.

It can also adapt to modern pedestrians’ habits, such as being glued to a smartphone, using bright colours to grab their attention and make them focus on the road ahead.

It can also light up the ground around pedestrians to identify them when they could be in a driver’s blind spot. The Smart Crossing automatically widens to accommodate larger groups, such children crossing outside a school.

Other features include an emergency setting, turning the road markings red if someone crosses the road suddenly, such as a child running out unexpectedly.

 The prototype Smart Crossing, which was displayed in a trial in Mitcham, London, is one of several road safety innovations being tested by Direct Line.

 Video:  Direct Line Hopes To Make Roads Safer With First Smart Crossing