Innovative Traffic Lights

Innovative Traffic Lights

The most creative and innovative traffic light concepts designed by talented people from all over the world.

UniSignal Traffic Light

Color blind friendly design features different shapes for each light. [link]

UniSignal Traffic Light

Hourglass Traffic Light

Sand Glass concept illustrates the remaining time before the light changes by showing dropping pixels like a real hourglass. [link]

Hourglass Traffic Light

Street Lamp Traffic Light

To reduce clutter and visual distraction on the streets, Mobius Strip Lamp combines traffic lights and a street lamp. [link]

Street Lamp Traffic Light

LED Traffic Lights

LED displays are being integrated into modern traffic lights and signs. [1, 2]

LED Traffic Light

Projected Traffic Light

Virtual Wall concept projects laser images when traffic light is red. [link]

Projected Traffic Light

Droplet Traffic Light

Solar powered traffic light design features screens that display useful information like current weather and news. [link]

Droplet Traffic Light

Countdown Traffic Light

Innovative traffic light design features a countdown timer that displays how much time is left before the light changes. [link]

Countdown Traffic Light

Countdown Stop Light

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  1. EugiKo

    projected one is the cleverest! very cool!

  2. Bob

    YES! YES! YES! AMAZING! Instead of pouring money into the red light/speed camera projects do something like this that will actually work! Especially the ones with the countdowns. But of course they won’t because they wouldn’t dare stop the flow of money that the cameras bring in. Something like this could’ve been done a long time ago but they care more about making money than preventing crashes. Which is why they rather invest so much on the cameras.

  3. Ethan

    Obviously, see how long to wait or be hurry for everyone!

    I was thinking the same thing.

  4. Jaaved

    I think the set of lights that caters for the colour blind is redundant. All traffic lights go in the same order from top to bottom: red, yellow/amber, green. Even colour blind folks know that.

  5. Mapache

    Both of those countdown lights would be very dangerous. I mean, people would go like “I’ll pass the red light cause there are only 2 seconds left…” or something. I don’t think that’s safety.

    But some of this items are pretty.

  6. carlos

    I see the countdown traffic light everyday to school.
    There are some very clever one here, but the most important i think is that every traffic light must has a solar panel over it so it does not consume power, that would a tremendous thrift.

  7. The Hooded CLaw

    The Mobius strip wins for me, simple design combining functions for both driver and pedestrian.

    I don’t agree with having timers, that sort of thing encourages racing.

  8. NiSa ZuL

    amazing ideas

  9. Xizi

    Wow! How innovative, however are they executable?

  10. Darrell

    Agreed with Mapache.

  11. GiDEZEL

    countdown traffic light is a nice concept. lets the driver know when to disengage the handbrake and set in gear (for manual transmissions).

    UniSignal for colour blind is useless. red light is always on top and green light at the bottom - and the position of the light is easier to notice than its shape.

  12. Lou

    Amazing designs!

  13. Bob

    @Mapache dude, they already do that with regular lights. And people also already try to outrace the orange lights. There’s no harm in introducing countdowns.

  14. Mapache

    @Bob. I know. We got counters in our walk/don’t walk signs here in Guadalajara. And people got adventurous over them. (Crossing the street when the sing says there are like 3 secs left, or even wait for a dangerously short period of time to run and see if they can get it to the other side.) I’m scared that cars would do the same. :)

  15. André Schrei

    seriously… why everyone say that it’s amazing… dudes, you’re forgeting something… colorblind people, and the most amazing thing of that, is that the first one is all about them… kind of useles though, as Jaaved said… but all others are cute but that’s it, almost all have a flaw, but the solar panel still an interesting idea, a little expensive, but interesting

  16. simon

    Thats awesome work woooooooooooooooo……………!!

  17. LED issues

    There is a present issue with using LED lights. They do not heat up like the classic stoplights. Doesn’t seem like an issue, right? However without heating up it causes the lights to collect more ice in the winter months. Not allowing them to be seen as effectively, not to mention ice buildup can cause the line to break, thus causing intersection nightmares.

  18. Reilly

    I like the hourglass and the countdown one.

  19. Sigma

    You do realise that the majority of colourblind people don’t mistake the shades traffic lights use. I’m colourblind and there is no problem.

  20. H

    Honestly, the colorblind one IS useful, as in some countries colorblind people can’t drive, and if you’re in a hurry, you might mistake the red light for green as the color is noticed first, before the position. Which is the main reason why my country doesn’t allow colorblind people to drive. Please consider that.

  21. Bob

    @Mapache Sure but then you need to remember that they’d do it anyway. I’d like them to do some studies on whether it works well or not.

  22. gnarf

    the laser thing wont work
    im amazed every time how concepts dont follow the rules of physics

  23. JG

    So bad.

    we are drivers on the road.

    we are not racers on the circuit.

  24. Masha

    I think the Projected traffic light concept is great because people will think twice about runnning a red light if they see the light as a wall in front of them.
    Your brain just… avoids those kinds of things.

  25. Dnepr

    Cool! Especially idea with radial colored timer.

  26. Myrtonos

    “UniSignal for colour blind is useless. red light is always on top and green light at the bottom - and the position of the light is easier to notice than its shape.”

    That is not the reason it is useless, there is another. While the most common tyes are in the red green category, but most commonly they have not blindness to a colour but weakness, most common is green-weakness. They can make all the basic colour distinctions and it is thus easy for them to recognise standard traffic signal colours. It is similar with red-weak but red lights are dimmer to them, so we sure hope they don’t see any reason to be driving at night.

    “Honestly, the colorblind one IS useful, as in some countries colorblind people can’t drive, and if you’re in a hurry, you might mistake the red light for green as the color is noticed first, before the position. Which is the main reason why my country doesn’t allow colorblind people to drive. Please consider that.”

    Your comment only applies to red blind and green blind. And green blind have more problems distinguishinng green from white or gray then from red. Even with shapes, these people wolud still need more acute vision to regcgnise them from a given distance. And achromats, while they do exist, have visual acuity below the driving test line becasue cones are needed to see fine detail, so they would still have problems with it.

  27. Courtney

    My husband is color blind and I’m pretty sure he’s never had any problem. They’re in the same order, changing the shape doesn’t do anything

  28. Jermaine

    Yes I love this idea, it helps you time the red. That way you won’t blow through the red light, and you won’t get a fat ticket from my the police. They had this idea a long time ago, the government just sat on it so they can get rich with with crashes. Have you ever noticed that some yellow lights are longer and some yellow lights are shorter than here comes the red light and then boom crash.

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