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Intellectual zebra crossings tested in Russian Tyumen

August 07, 2012, 16:42 UTC+3
Light-signals situated over the roadbed help the drivers to analyze the situation before they drive close
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TYUMEN, August 7 (Itar-Tass) — The first in Russia intellectual zebra crossings have appeared in the streets of Russia’s Tyumen.

Their difference from traditional ones is that they “know” when people cross the road and when they just walk by, the inventor of the intellectual zebra crossing, Ilya Anisimov, said.

According to him, light-signals situated over the roadbed help the drivers to analyze the situation before they drive close. If a pedestrian approaches the zebra crossing and wants to cross the road, light and orange light-signals come on over the crossing. “Motion-sensing devices are installed on poles near the crossing. Vehicles don’t get into their zone, and they register only humans and animals,” the inventor said.

According to the scientist, the idea was born several years ago. Research and experiments were made and the invention was certified. Deputies of the local duma earmarked money for the installment of six test intellectual zebra crossings on Tyumen roads. One such crossing costs about 640,000 roubles (about 20,000 US dollars). As compared with street lights, zebra crossings with light signals don’t stall transport flows and allow the drivers to take off immediately after the pedestrian leaves the traffic area.

 

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