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Hurry Light

For when you're in a hurry
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Ok, you're in a hurry. maybe you're late to work, or a doctor's appointment, etc. You want to get where you're going fast. All the other cars are going SLOW. Right?

Enter the Hurry Light. It's a light, on your car, like a siren on a police car. It comes with the car, and there's one by each headlight. When it turns on, it flashes blue and green, and people get out of your way. Like an ambulance. (Ambulances still take priority.)

The light doesn't come on anytime you want. That wouldn't be fair. Instead, your car has a USB-plug-in-type thing. (Sorry for my crystal clarity there.)

When you get your driver's licencse, you get signed up for "The Subscription". It's free. All it is is an online service. You get on the website and plug in your USB-plug-thing. You download 2 hurry light uses.

The USB-plug-thing only holds 2 codes at a time. Codes change for each person. Once you have the thing loaded, you can plug it into your car and use the light. Twice.

You can go back to the website NEXT month and get 2 more codes, which are deleted after you use them.

You will only get these codes after you have a driver's licencse for (insert number here) years, for safety.

TahuNuva, Jan 25 2008


       If you are late, why is it everyone else's problem?
Texticle, Jan 25 2008

       An official weekly fishbone championship has not been formally organized, but if we did decide to do it, then my money would be on this opprobrious notion. I regret that I have only one fishbone to hurl.
globaltourniquet, Jan 25 2008

       Nothing to stop you putting police flashers on your car. Although you probably will get arrested sooner or later.   

       (Recalling some bizarre case around here, where someone liked to dress up as a policeman, and drive a car marked like a police car, and stop people for traffic violations. Quite a lot of them paid up, too, which I think was what tipped the authorities off to the whole charade, when they started getting the money.)
DrCurry, Jan 25 2008

       Ok fine. But it would make things easier if people would get the heck out of your way, you have to admit. And it would be MADE legal, DrCurry. I'm not going to DO it. It was just an idea.   

       Everyone hates me. [:^(
TahuNuva, Jan 25 2008

       Problems, of course, possibly big ones; but the use-once (or twice) idea deserves a bit of recognition [+]   

       But for that I would have boned it for further socialization and systemic embedding of motoring through yet more lights, warnings, etc. that exist for the benefit of other road users, thereby further entrenching the normality of heavy, inexpert vehicle traffic.
Ned_Ludd, Jan 25 2008

       But not in the Alpha Quadrant. Best try the next galaxy along .... Andromeda's not that far.
8th of 7, Jan 25 2008

       Ok, [Ned_Ludd], It's not for running lights, just going past the speed limit.   

       [UnaBubba], one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. Of course I've heard it before, but it was unexpected and it was funny.
TahuNuva, Jan 26 2008

       Instead of equipping an individual's vehicle with special lights and giving the driver carte blanche, make it so *The Subscription* acts like a sort of *Get Out Of Jail Free* card, so the user can summon an alternate means of transportation.   

       For example, you are running late, and this is the morning you are supposed to give the firm's biggest client your presentation which, if approved, could finally get you that corner office. You insert your USB flash drive and your fingers fly across the keyboard as you wolf down your morning coffee and bagel. Mere moments later a specially-marked vehicle arrives at your home. Behind the wheel is an off-duty police officer who is fully trained in high-speed driving. You hand him your USB device which he inserts into the notebook computer at his side.   

       Within seconds, your account is verified and a colourful city map appears on-screen, with the optimum route to reach your office highlighted, then the dash-mounted GPS begins to bark out turn-by-turn commands.   

       The driver engages the [boysparks] brand *get outta my way* siren and pulls away from the curb. You settle back into the fine Corinthian leather seat, mentally walking through your presentation and before you know it, you have arrived at your workplace, on time and relaxed, ready to confidently face the client.
Canuck, Jan 26 2008

       Better solution. The driver has a printer embedded in the dash, wirelessly linked to a central police computer. If he is *really* late and is *really* going to get in the crap over it, he can text the police station, who will print out a speeding ticket via the in-car printer. On arriving late at the destination, the tardy motorist can at least say "sorry I'm late - I got pulled for speeding on my way here". The ticket, of course, still has to be paid (no pain, no gain).   

       The printer can also deliver a fixed- penalty notice for texting whilst driving.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 26 2008

       bad idea. crackers will be in a hurry all time.
erlehmann, Jan 26 2008

       [Maxwell], I like that. It might not work in the car, what with the printer and all, but it would be a bit more legal. Neat. Why can't I think of simple things like that?
TahuNuva, Jan 30 2008

       //Why can't I think of simple things like that?// You may be hampered by intelligence.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 30 2008

       "Oh how nice, your uncle has sent us another hamster from Fortnums."
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 01 2008

       //Ah, that was a spelling error// I NEVER make spelling erorrs.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 01 2008


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