speed vest- this is cool

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Erica
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TeamDecaf
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That is cool… and that guy must have been going downhill the majority of the first 1:10 into the video. He was moving quick., averaging a fairly high speed.


Marko82
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23 kph = 14.3 mph methinks.


TeamDecaf
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no habla kph


quizbot
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This should be standard on car bumpers, next to the license plate.


Mick
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@ quizbot

+1.

Both front and back. Allow prosecution of minor speeding violations with only a photograph as evidence. Also, gives fair warning to other motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.


ejwme
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Mick – they already have speed cameras that can run plates and ticket the owner of the car, they simply don’t use them in this state. And if the ticket must go to the driver, you’d have to also identify the driver.

But I do agree.

And I think the bike jacket is wicked awesome. Confusing in the daylight (just from photo above, can’t follow link @ work), but a lovely idea. Technology can do seriously wonderful things.


Erica
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if only there was a way to have the “Speed limit vs your speed” for drivers to look at.


Drewbacca
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“if only there was a way to have the “Speed limit vs your speed” for drivers to look at.”

It could be done but,

a) you’d have to lug around a radar gun.

b) it would be too confusing for anyone to realize what they were reading… especially the driver traveling at unsafe speeds.

They do have those traps along the highway that do this, and people do generally slow down as they pass… just before they speed right back up.


ejwme
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I know I’ve told this story before, but in South Korea, along “problem stretches” of highway (somewhere where accidents are common, or speeds get out of control), they simply put up speeding cameras to ticket drivers – but they WARN the drivers ahead of time (like “speed trap in 100m”/500ft signs – multiple signs) and mark the pavement you would be ticketed in – so only if you’re drunk, ridiculously stupid/oblivious, or thoughtlessly wealthy would you actually get a ticket. I don’t remember if the warning was only in Korean, but it did show up on the GPSs in all the cars I rode in too (most. wired. cars. ever). The pavement was painted thermoplastic reflective diagonal stripes or something like that – you could NOT miss it.

It was basically passive speed control, but it was really effective, everybody slowed down for those curves. They gave you every possible warning to get your speed down to safe levels, ticketing was only a last resort. No sneaky tickets, no cat-and-mouse game. The ticket would arrive in the mail a few days later.


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I need this…I have black gloves and don’t imagine motorists notice my signaling at night.

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/03/06/night-biking-gloves/

ejwme, I’ve been to South Korea & was always curious about the screen-less talking GPS devices in cabs. I figured that they were for speed camera alerting, but they seemed to talk a LOT more frequently. Do you know what they were all about?


rice rocket
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Anonymous #

rice rocket just found the best solution. Grinds traffic to a halt, so you can filter easily while enjoying the….ahem….scenery.


edmonds59
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I don’t recall noticing what the actual speed sign said. For some reason.


ejwme
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I know their talking GPS tells them about turns, like ours do, and speed traps (which are REALLY common, like every other turn on highways), and on “surface streets” they announce the intersections they go through as well, or at least they can… I’m not sure what else they say, I don’t speak enough Korean to understand a lot of it. Also, don’t confuse talking GPS with TV, which is also common for DRIVERS to be watching on the dash. Even cabbies. That’s one of the main reasons I’m hesitant to hold up South Korean traffic laws as exemplary, they allow drivers to watch tv while driving, to the point that it’s built in to the cars like we have GPS. But they do speed traps in a way nobody could possibly argue with, with all the warnings.


Anonymous #

We had a cabbie we knew & used for most of our trips. He was the only one I ever saw without a 8-inch screen (tv or gps) on his dash. Just the super chatty mystery box with no lights, screen or anything. Cool old dude.

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