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# 173642 30-May-2015 20:00
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I've noticed that they've put these radar looking contraptions on the "Wrong Way" signs on the motorway off ramps. I'm fairly certain these are a recent addition, they've got big solar panels on them too.

I'm just curious, does anyone know if these are to detect people speeding down the offramp, or if they're to detect people going the wrong way up the off ramp?

I'll try get a photo of one ASAP. I've noticed them on many of the North Shore off ramps.



EDIT: Added photo of a very similar sign in USA.

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  # 1314832 30-May-2015 20:21
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where have you noticed them?

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  # 1314834 30-May-2015 20:27
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Looks like a solar panel to power LED lights. It probably has some form of detector to detect when a car is moving towards it, the wrong way from where it should be going.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1314861 30-May-2015 21:11
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rendezvous: Looks like a solar panel to power LED lights. It probably has some form of detector to detect when a car is moving towards it, the wrong way from where it should be going.


Was thinking the same. Imagined it would do a warning type flash similar to the overheight vehicle signs or the traffic queues ahead ones.




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  # 1314876 30-May-2015 22:04
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http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=63355

"Two new pilot programs have been launched in Florida and Missouri that are intended to prevent wrong-way driving accidents. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has launched its pilot on the I-44 near St. Louis where there have been 25 crashes caused by drivers headed in the wrong direction in the last eight years. The new program involves the installation of solar-powered signs that are equipped with a sensor that identifies cars moving in the wrong direction down an exit ramp. Once a car has been detected, the signs will begin to flash and will also alert local law enforcement agencies"

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  # 1314924 31-May-2015 07:42
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They're definitely not speed detection devices.




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  # 1314939 31-May-2015 08:56
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They flash with bright red lights if you drive on to the off ramp (against the proper traffic direction).

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  # 1314945 31-May-2015 09:09
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I think the new terminology is Road Activated Warning Signs. In other words self power sufficient warning signs that only display when certain conditions are met, activated by the approaching vehicle. A new trend in smart signage rather than just having permanent signs up all over the show.




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  # 1315019 31-May-2015 11:22
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Interesting! I wonder when they started implementing these, I wouldn't have thought it's such a big problem here. I Only started noticing them here on the North Shore a couple of weeks ago.

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  # 1315063 31-May-2015 12:12
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AidanS: Interesting! I wonder when they started implementing these, I wouldn't have thought it's such a big problem here. I Only started noticing them here on the North Shore a couple of weeks ago.


It's not, but efforts to prevent it happening in the first place is better than dealing with the consequences.




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