Rostec has Created a Fog Traffic Light for the "City of the Future"


Rostec has Created a Fog Traffic Light for the "City of the Future"

The Shvabe holding of the Rostec State Corporation has created an experimental traffic light model that projects a laser “wall” onto the air, warning drivers of approaching to a pedestrian crossing at a distance of up to 200 meters. The barrier turns on automatically or programmatically in conditions of poor visibility. The device will help reducing the number of accidents at regulated pedestrian crossings.

One of the key features of the Visual Intelligent Control (VIC) traffic light is a laser unit that projects a barrage signal onto the air for drivers. When viewed from the side it looks like rows of parallel lines that from a distance of 100 to 200 meters warn about the location of the road “zebra”. The signal is clearly visible in the dark and in fog.

The VIC traffic light can be equipped with various additional modules that expand its functionality. Among them - a video analytics device with a camera, a weather station module and an environmental sensor of environmental conditions, a Wi-Fi access point, as well as a system for assessing icing of the road surface - by reflecting the transmitted infrared rays from the surface.

“More than 5 thousand pedestrian related road accidents occur on a traffic light annually in Russia. The device created by our experts improves the comfort and road safety. The traffic light is characterized by flexible functionality, high reliability and maintainability due to the modular design. It only takes a few minutes to add or replace a module. In a near future, such traffic lights will become a commonly familiar part of the smart city systems that are created by Shvabe and other Rostec holdings”, said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director of Shvabe.