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Stoplight progress indicator concept improves utility of traffic signals

A new stoplight design concept adds a progress indicator to calm drivers and give them more accurate feedback.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

For all of humanity's technological innovations, traffic lights haven't been updated much. A new stoplight design concept adds a progress indicator to calm drivers and give them more accurate feedback.

Designer Damjan Stanković aims to inform drivers how long they will rest at a stoplight with the Eko concept. Stanković spins the idea as an eco-friendly solution, suggesting that a driver can shut the vehicle's engine off at a long light without fear that traffic may suddenly restart.

It also makes it much easier to figure out if a stoplight is stuck.

For now, it's just a concept -- but it's an obvious step on the way to a smarter city.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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