Indian government is considering the use of 3D paintings that serve as visual speed-breakers to try and make highways and other roads a safer place to drive.
“We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers,” India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted today.
We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers pic.twitter.com/M5r6zkO6uU
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) April 26, 2016
Earlier this month an order by the government requested that all physical speed bumps were removed from highway, due to the risk the pose to drivers.
India is known to have the highest number of death totals of any other country. According to the World Health Organisation, over 200,00 people are killed by road accidents due to poor implementation of road safety laws.
The paintings are to serve as optical illusions that cause drivers to slow down when drivers view them.
However, The project’s reliability may be questioned. In 2008, a similar project in Philadelphia pioneered the idea of virtual paintings, but over time people criticized the long term effects of the project, claiming that once knowing where the paintings were placed, a driver would just ignore them.
There could be ways to solve that specific issue, if for example the paintings were moved around every now and then.
Do you think these virtual speed-breakers are bound to improve safety?
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