Sensors Alert Drivers to Oncoming Traffic on Hairpin Turns
India – National Geographic lists India’s Jammu-Srinagar Highway as one of the world’s most dangerous. Numerous hairpin turns with two to three kilometer drops at the edge combine to make it also one of the most deadly. Speeding drivers have no way of knowing what is coming around the corner. Until now, that is. HP Lubricants and creative agency Leo Burnett India designed the #RoadsthatHonk smart sensors to help reduce traffic accidents and improve general driving practices along the road.
The sensors use a range of technology, including radar, wireless capabilities, solar power and more, to detect the speed of any oncoming traffic. The sensors are placed in pairs, one at each end of the tightest curves, and they communicate with each other to create a smart anti-collision warning system. When traffic is detected, the sensors on the poles light up and emit a loud honk to alert each driver to the one on the other side of the road.
With ever more people moving to urban areas, road safety is of paramount importance to local governments.