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Bored at your road crossing? Play pelican pong

Have you ever become frustrated by the time it takes for the lights to change at a pelican crossing? It’s an irritation that inspired the idea of upgrading the pelican crossing request button screen so as to make it possible to play Pong with a fellow pedestrian waiting opposite on the other side of the road. For the analogue among…

Use less car: Try a pedal-powered bug

Eric Schmidt runs a car like millions of his fellow Californians, but his 1971 VW beetle is cleaner than most because he himself is the engine. No fossil fuel, no electricity, just human power. The pedal-powered bug weighs about 360 kg empty so, as you can imagine, it moves slowly. But that’s not the point. On his website, Schmidt writes:…

DIY speed cameras for safer streets

There’s nothing new about people resorting to guerrilla tactics to tackle dangerous driving – people have even disguised bird boxes as speed cameras, but James Thom has gone a step further with his AI-powered DIY speed camera. James’s code turns any webcam or camera phone into a virtual speed camera. It overlays the current speed so you can see which…

The changing face of road policing: Do it yourself

The slashing of roads policing budgets by over a third between 2013 and 2019 has undoubtedly resulted in fewer officers dealing with the offences that cause road deaths. In the absence of traffic car patrols, third-party reporting by the public is becoming more important than ever. West Midlands Police works in tandem with local authorities, who deal with civil enforcement…

Euro 7 regulations promise to tackle deadly brake pad dust

In a bid to tackle the deadly air pollution that plagues urban areas, the EU is to regulate the ultra-fine particles from brake pad abrasion – the black dust that you’ll notice on your car’s wheel rims next time you wash it. Air pollution in British cities can damage our health from before we are born, dog us throughout our…