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Eko Stoplight With Countdown Timer

Eko Stoplight (Image courtesy Damjan Stanković)
By Andrew Liszewski

A good idea is a good idea, even if it’s just a concept, and if you’ve ever frustratingly sat at a red light wondering when on Earth it was going to go green, you’ll like this idea. The Eko Stoplight features a countdown timer around the red light itself, showing exactly just how long you’ll be sitting in your car, and designer Damjan Stanković even claims it’s eco-friendly since if you know you’ll be sitting there a while, you can turn your engine off during the wait.

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  • mcman

    Will it stop traffic trains in the turn lane? I didn't think so.

  • franco1975

    this isnt a new idea. alot of countries already have this.

  • Kjp442

    We need this everywhere. Seriously I wouldn't mind if my local government spent a crap load on these.

  • EspritOuvert

    I hate traffic lights in my area. They stay red for literally 5 minutes, even if there's no traffic in the other direction. A countdown would be cool, but not really helpful in keeping the traffic to a minimum.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I think this would be agony. “Agh, it's still 20 light slices! *rev rev* Hurry up! *reeevvvvv* “

  • Jessicat

    This would also stop people from anticipating the green as well. Where they inch forward every other second to where they are almost out into the intersection. They peeve me.

  • Anonymous

    actually it have to be green!
    so one have enough time to pull up…

  • abdullaharslan

    We are using this lights in Turkey. Even for the citizens
    http://www.isbak.com.tr/images/GSC.gif
    It shows the remaining time for red and green.

  • Smivey

    Doesn't it create more pollution to turn your car off and back on than to just leave it idling? Seems like it would be worse for the environment.

  • IdleThreats

    I heard on a car radio show that it really does save gas if you car will idle more than 30 seconds. Less than 30 is a waste.

  • IdleThreats

    I live in China. There are a few places where they have a system like this. I one place, it's just a digital number counting down besides the traffic light. In another, it was a colored series of lines ticking down pixel by pixel. The latter design was flawed because it failed to take into account red-green color blindness.

    However, I like the concept. It's stylish and easy enough to understand.

  • Smivey

    Doesn't it create more pollution to turn your car off and back on than to just leave it idling? Seems like it would be worse for the environment.

  • Evermore

    I heard on a car radio show that it really does save gas if you car will idle more than 30 seconds. Less than 30 is a waste.

  • Evermore

    I live in China. There are a few places where they have a system like this. I one place, it's just a digital number counting down besides the traffic light. In another, it was a colored series of lines ticking down pixel by pixel. The latter design was flawed because it failed to take into account red-green color blindness.

    However, I like the concept. It's stylish and easy enough to understand.