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Eko Stoplight Timer for Road Traffic Lights

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 11th, 2009

Eko Stoplight Timer

Industrial Designer Damjan Stanković has designed a simple, but very practical system for helping drivers to save fuel and drive a little more efficiently. The idea is a countdown timer that encircles a standard red stop-light. The idea means that drivers can tell how long it will be before the red light changes to amber and then green.

Eko Stoplight Timer Diagram

There are a couple of advantages to this countdown timer, most notably fuel efficiency. If you know that the lights are not going to change any time soon, you could switch off your engine for a little while. Rather than switch on your engine again too early (i.e. when you’re guessing that the light is about to change), you can see exactly when it’s a good time to switch on your engine again.

Even if there’s not enough time to switch off your engine, it does mean that you can put the handbrake on and put the car in neutral for a while, rather than wasting fuel whilst holding the car on biting point.

The other significant advantage is that you reduce road-rage just a little. Since drivers know exactly when the lights are about to change, they are less likely to get frustrated with what feels like a slow light change. Sometimes it can appear that stop lights have frozen, but a countdown timer would stop drivers jumping the lights because they think that the light has frozen on red.

The only down-side with a countdown timer that I can think of, is that some drivers might jump the red lights when there are only a couple of bars left on the countdown timer. Thinking that the light change is imminent, they might jump the gun too early. Potentially causing accidents.

Source: Yanko Design

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  1. alexandru on December 15th, 2009 at 1:11pm

    I don’t know but it may reduce costs regarding a similar method where an aditional light has a “seconds” counter till the light turns green. In this case you would need no more that extra light.

  2. Hans Teijgeler on December 16th, 2009 at 12:54am

    In Germany the sequence is: red >> amber >> green, giving the same effect. Probably a less ezpensive solution, albeit that you have to change your applicable rules and regulations.