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The life-saving, smart traffic light we’ve all been waiting for

fun traffic lights
Source: Smart.com

This interactive dancing traffic light makes waiting more fun while encouraging pedestrians to wait their turn to cross.

Fun to watch while you wait to cross

The unique installation aimed to encourage pedestrians to wait until it’s safe to cross the road by making the traffic lights “dance” using motion capture technology.

This ‘Smart’ Traffic Light Makes The City Safer For Pedestrians By Dancing! The installation was so entertaining that it reduced red-light crossing by 81%! Source: Facebook/BrightVibes

Smart ideas can turn the city into a better place

Car brand Smart teamed up with advertising agency BBDO Germany to create a special pedestrian crossing light in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. It features a red stick figure that dances to attract the attention of pedestrians who might otherwise walk out into the road.

“We believe that smart ideas can turn the city into a better place,” say Mercedes, the German car manufacturer behind the Smart brand.

“Like a dancing traffic light that makes people watch and wait rather than walk through the red light. For more safety.”

The dancing movements of the red man were created by members of the public who were filmed in a booth set up in a nearby square. The temporary black structure contained a small dance floor and cameras to capture the movements of each person.

These were translated into the movements of the red man in the traffic lights in real time, as well as shown on a screen in front of the participant. Video screens on either side of the booth showed live reactions to the dancing from the pedestrian crossing.

Source: DeZeen.com

The dancing movements of the red man were created by members of the public who were filmed in a booth set up in a nearby square.

Don’t walk…Dance! The dancing movements of the red man were created by members of the public who were filmed in a booth set up in a nearby square. Source: DeZeen.com

The installation was so entertaining that it reduced red-light crossing by 81%!

Nobody likes to wait,” say Smart. “That makes traffic lights the most dangerous spots for pedestrians in the city. But what if we made waiting more entertaining?”

Well, it worked! The installation was so entertaining that it reduced red-light crossing by 81%!

The project was part of a wider marketing campaign by Smart to launch two new versions of its compact city car in 2014

The temporary black structure contained a small dance floor and cameras to capture the movements of each person, which were translated into the movements of the red man in the traffic lights in real time, as well as shown on a screen in front of the participant.

Dance like everyone is watching The temporary black structure contained a small dance floor and cameras to capture the movements of each person, which were translated into the movements of the red man in the traffic lights in real time, as well as shown on a screen in front of the participant. Source: DeZeen.com

This was exactly what the designers had hoped for. Stand and wait your turn.

Pedestrians stand in amused amazement at the dancing traffic light ?? This was exactly what the designers had hoped for. Stand and wait your turn. Source: Smart.com

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