Nowadays, the old adage, “safety first” is more important than ever, and advancements in technology and revisions in local legislation are reflecting that, with self-parking cars, and enforcement of law regarding car signage in Sydney. Now another revolution for safety is slated to appear in the city.
Automated vehicles equipped with advanced sensors and software are appearing, but other developments in transportation technology are showing up too: like brand new technology in good, old-fashioned traffic signs.
The Australian RMS (Road and Maritime Services), the NSW government agency tasked with ensuring transportation safety in both terrestrial and maritime environments and enforcing laws regarding such, such as those regarding car signage in Sydney , have put up new traffic signs which utilize both solar power and e-ink tech, in the city; the world’s first.
The signs take advantage of the same technology found in modern devices, such as e-book readers, tablets, smartphones, etc. Designed with ease of reading in mind, the signs are clear in the light of daytime and lit up for the darker, nighttime conditions. A product of Visionect, the e-ink signs also allow for remote updating. This allows for messages transmission via wireless signals, which affords the signs the ability to update in real time in order to provide accurate information on the road, or in parking locations.
The signs are also solar-powered, meaning that they are self-sustaining and efficient. They are designed to survive, maintaining function in the heat of the Australian sun, and will continue to function in the case of power outages.
According the Visionect head of product development, the signs are design to be managed via a server software tasked with activating them for certain times in the day when the contents of the signs will be edited with the use of 3G technology. Outside of those times, he says, the traffic signs utilize minimal energy and power.
The new signs could also help lower costs regarding the placement of temporary signage, such as those found in renovations, roadwork, or special occasions.
The first batched appeared in the Sydney streets, numbering at fifteen. The second group is planned to release around Moore Park.