Move over, Sleeping Policeman

An interesting debate is to be had on whether this is effective in slowing down traffic – I think it is. But of course the UK version has added water and is more intensively used! Either system could provoke accidents through pothole avoidance, so perhaps the sleeping policeman is, in fact, still sleeping and not ready quite yet to move over….


  1. Andy Crow -

    Self-driving vehicles are the solution that will work and I think their general adoption is closer than most of us believe.

    Even if an autonomous vehicle is not as ‘clever’ as us it will be designed to ‘think’ of nothing other than it’s core task of getting from A to B safely. It won’t be ratching in its pockets for a cigarette lighter or being distracted by a mobile phone or ipad. It will have a 360 degree ‘awareness’ of what impinges on it and it won’t be in a hurry or wanting a ‘speed fix’ and it won’t fall asleep at the wheel or daydream.

    Gluing pictures of holes on the road is very literally a ‘sticking plaster’ solution.

  2. Peter May -

    I’d be surprised if self-driving vehicles are anywhere near reality. After all you’d have thought that if that was the case trains which can only go in two directions would be well on the road to automation. True, the DLR has been around for years but is a completely closed system.
    Thameslink now has an automated central London core, I understand. But once it comes out into the real world the automation ceases. Clapham Junction is way too dificult!
    For self driving cars there are also the insurance problems to sort out. Who pays and whose fault is it when the car comes round the corner and knows it cannot stop in time to avoid the crocodile of children in front of it but sees that to avoid it means crashing into a house, potentially badly injuring the passengers….

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