News : December 15, 2008
What would you think about Speed Sensitive Speedbumps? Kind of an interesting concept, I think.
I’m not too sure about the technology behind it, but apparently if you drive the speed limit, the bumps do not raise. From what I understand, by using a small damper inside to flatten out when a car drives over it at low speed, the higher force applied by a faster car would prevent the bump from lowering, thus causing god knows what. I just read it, and I still don’t understand it but it’s alright. It slows people down, that’s what matters.
Designers Jae-yun Kim and Jong-Su Lee had going green in mind when coming up with this sleeping speedbump. The designers say their goal was to reduce the amount of exhaust pollution, wear on brakes and the amount of starts and stops made by encouraging drivers to maintain a constant slow speed. To reduce the shock value, LEDs have been placed all over the thing so hopefully you’ll see it before you bend a rim.
Let’s just hope that this doesn’t happen.
Personally, I absolutely hate speedbumps of any kind, seeing as I have to drive over them completely sideways. I say as long as you’re driving the speedlimit, you have nothing to worry about. Make sense? No word on when these killer robot speedbumps are supposed to drop onto streets, but watch out for them once they do!