Analysis of the development and application status of smart zebra crossing

The smart zebra crossing safety warning system uses artificial intelligence and big data analysis and other technologies to detect pedestrians and motor vehicles in areas such as zebra crossings and nearby motor vehicle lanes at non-signal-controlled intersections, identify the busy and idle state of traffic, and detect traffic warnings and realize separate lanes. A system that controls, monitors, and records road traffic violations.


For many years, the zebra crossing on the road has been the "Guardian-angle" of pedestrians' personal safety, and the traffic signal has become the first type of lighting product next to the zebra crossing. After nightfall, traffic lights that are only used for indicating lighting cannot provide a comfortable visual environment for the traffic participants on the zebra crossing, and it is difficult to completely eliminate the safety hazards of walking on the zebra crossing.


Under such social needs, with the development of lighting intelligence/smart technology, smart zebra crossings with smart lighting products such as luminous bricks have gradually entered the field of vision of road traffic participants.


Recently, with the implementation of the group standard "Luminous Floor Tiles for Road Traffic", the smart zebra crossing has become one of the hot spots in the domestic lighting industry.


So, when will the smart zebra crossing appear in the world? What is the current status of application popularization in various parts of the country?


Rise in the world


Since the late 2000s, driven by the improvement of lighting energy-saving reforms set off by LED light sources, more and more lighting application models have begun to integrate into the field of social and people's livelihood.


In the mid-2010s, with the development of Internet of Things technology, LED light source, with its low-voltage micro performance characteristics, can be perfectly integrated with cutting-edge technologies such as computer technology, network communication technology, image processing technology, and embedded control technology. It will play an important role in the construction of smart people's livelihood infrastructure and later smart cities.


The preparing of this lighting technology upsurge has delivered "the nutrients of the times" to the birth of the smart zebra crossing.


In the second half of the 2010s, smart zebra crossings began to be implemented all over the world, and more and more intelligent/smart technologies were integrated to continuously increase the safety of pedestrians crossing the road.

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Enthusiastic zebra crossing on Eerbeek in the Netherlands


In January 2017, a Dutch design firm called Lighted Zebra Crossing B.V. designed a glowing zebra crossing on a street in a shopping district in Eerbeek, a small town in the east of the country, to remind passing drivers to slow down. In addition to "lighting up", the zebra crossing also has sensors that can calculate data such as the number of passing vehicles, the number of pedestrians, vehicle load and speed.

 

In 2017, British design studio Umbrellium collaborate with insurance company “Direct line” to create a 22-meter smart walkway called Starling Crossing on a south London streets.


The technical highlight of this zebra crossing is the LED panel placed under the road surface. Pedestrians will be track down by cameras installed on both sides of the road for positioning and the positioning information will be transmitted to the smart device in real time. Different signs, colors and widths light up at different positions and traffic near the zebra crossing, reminding pedestrians to pay attention to the different traffic conditions around the zebra crossing, and achieving on-demand lighting at the same time.




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