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Old 09-09-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of a child

Interesting! Another way to reinforce drivers to pay attention to the road! We need one in my area, they drive like its the Daytona 500!

Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren't satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child.

Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of a child | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News



According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty -- acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."

You have to wonder if the designers of the "speed bump of the future" considered that drivers might become conditioned to disregard Pavement Patty and her imaginary cohorts, creating something similar to a "boy who cried wolf" effect. Couldn't such conditioning reduce drivers' caution if a real child should cross their path?



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I see 2 problems with this,
1. What happens when a driver swerves, loses control of their vehicle and takes out actual pedestrians on a sidewalk?
2. What happens when drivers become conditioned to the "speed bump" and start to disregard it?

Bad driving habits are 100% fixable, but i has to come from the driver themselves.



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I see 2 problems with this,
1. What happens when a driver swerves, loses control of their vehicle and takes out actual pedestrians on a sidewalk?
2. What happens when drivers become conditioned to the "speed bump" and start to disregard it?

Bad driving habits are 100% fixable, but it has to come from the driver themselves.
Right, because that'll happen...
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Has anybody called it racist yet?

I don't think adding fake obstacles would be a good idea.

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Right, because that'll happen...
A college professor of mine told us his guaranteed solution to changing bad driving habits ..... remove the air bags and install a 12" spike. Those that don't wish to impale themselves will change their ways, those that don't change their ways well ...
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Canadians are so Stupid! Want proof: Rush and Nickelback.

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You don't like Mickey Mouse huffing helium? (Geddy lee)
Nickelback could have been a good band but they chose to go mainstream. To bad really...
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I see 2 problems with this,
1. What happens when a driver swerves, loses control of their vehicle and takes out actual pedestrians on a sidewalk?
2. What happens when drivers become conditioned to the "speed bump" and start to disregard it?

Bad driving habits are 100% fixable, but i has to come from the driver themselves.

Just what I thought...swerve right into one of those handy columns...

And yeah dog, the 'crying wolf' factor: Disregard it and then run into a real child?



I bet a 'focus group' came up with this one


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