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Death Transmitter

You Have Been Warned
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The idea of roadside symbols to indicate the location of fatal accidents has considerable merit.

The problem is that all too often - particularly at night - the driver is right at the incident site before they see the symbols. By then it may be too late.

The proposal is for a solar-powered transmitting beacon operating in the ISM band. It can be fixed to any convenient bit of street furniture. All it does is continuously transmit a numeric code corresponding to the number of fatal accidents at that location.

The receiver is vehicle-mounted. When it detects the signal from the transmitter it lights up showing a skull-and-crossbones motif and a number. The design would be simple and cheap enough to be given away as part of road safety campaigns etc.

Drivers would receive prior warning of an approaching accident blackspot in time to moderate their speed/driving style.

8th of 7, Oct 29 2015

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       Perhaps an xPhone app, based on geolocation, that beeps and displays a detailed message concerning the accidents. Sortof self-bootstrapping. "15 people this year got into accidents here while looking at their xPhone and not paying attention to the road... 16 people this year got into accidents here while..."
FlyingToaster, Oct 29 2015
  

       That would be good as no hardware would be needed. But there are issues ... you would need to have the phone visible to the driver, it would need to be turned on, and you would need to run the app.   

       This way, when the engine starts, the receiver powers up. Nothing to do, nothing to remember. Easy to use for bikers, too (altho clearly unnecessary for cyclists, as they have already expressed their avowed intention to die in a traffic accident).
8th of 7, Oct 29 2015
  

       I thought that was what the emergency flashers were for?
travbm, Oct 29 2015
  
      
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