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Traffic Light Stories

I can't wait to commute tomorrow
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Traffic lights equipped with short range fm transmitters with enough range to accommodate the cars waiting at them, all tuned to an unused local fm frequency. Every traffic light tells a story to pass your waiting time. Each intersection has a different personality and/or a different story to tell that evolves. So, when you pull up to a light, you tune in and get a 30-60 second loop of a story that progresses daily.
frosto, Aug 07 2008

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       Nice idea. Some traffic lights could, instead of a story, broadcast local history, names of notable celebrities who have had traffic accidents nearby, nearby amenities, etc.
hippo, Aug 07 2008
  

       Give something for people to do at traffic lights besides picking their nose? [+]
Klaatu, Aug 07 2008
  

       // besides picking their nose //   

       Excavating their aural canal ?   

       No doubt somewhere there would be a Traffic Light equvalent of Marvin the Paranoid Android who would keep you sat there for hours while droning on about a terrible pain in all the diodes down its left side. ....
8th of 7, Aug 09 2008
  

       A short five or ten second promotional ad at the beginning of each day's story episode could attract commercial subsidization of the entire project, ultimately making it a revenue source for the municipality.
jurist, Aug 09 2008
  

       "Vote for ... <insert name of venal local politico here> for shorter traffic light adverts !"
8th of 7, Aug 09 2008
  

       Yes I like this - could be used for education too. It could broadcast little factoids and things.   

       Adverts should be at the end though, as you're pulling away. There are so many radio stations in the UK that if you hear an ad it's quicker to just tune in to another station that's playing a song (or the BBC).   

       Definitely go with hippo's idea about local info, could broadcast local traffic info and be tied in to the system which already exists called the RDS (Radio Data System) which can briefly re-tune your radio. This would be bakeable!
mecotterill, Aug 10 2008
  

       This idea also helps to alert that guy in front of you who is looking for something in his back seat that the light has changed and he should stop looking back and start moving forward... out of your way.
James Newton, Aug 11 2008
  
      
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