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Traffic Light Countdown Display Could Ease Anxiety. Or Not.

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Eko light concept by Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic

Eko light concept by Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic

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Drivers in urban areas have developed countless ways to cope with red light anxiety -- that frustration that stems from not knowing when that pesky traffic light dangling overhead will turn green. Some folks keep their eyes trained on pedestrian crossing signs, waiting for them to switch from "walk" to "don't walk". Others crane their necks to peek at the opposing traffic signal, waiting to see that telltale yellow glow. Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic, however, has a much simpler, more direct solution to the problem in his Eko light concept. Taking a cue from the countless "loading" icons that internet users see every day, Stankovic's red light is ringed with a visual countdown timer, giving drivers a very clear indication of how long they'll be waiting.

Stankovic admits that red light anxiety can lead to dangerous driving, but he sees some benefits to his gadget -- like allowing drivers to turn off their engines during long stops. And we suppose it could be worse -- for example, if Stankovic included a similar display for the green light. Still, we don't plan to be caught in the crosswalks if the Eko ever sees the light of day.

[Core77]

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  1. The signals are currently shrouded so that you can not see the signal in the other direction lights turning red and assume and just ahead of the green light causing an accident... this would cause all sorts of bad driving practices like drivers slowing down so they never have to come to a complete stop and there for keeping people from coming out of driveways near lights. this and other bad habits would induce more road rage than than alleviate anxiety.
     
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  2. you need to learn how to type in english better...
     
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