New Twist on Traffic Lights Can Help Color-Blind Drivers

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
new twist on traffic lights can help color blind drivers

The whole green means go, red means stop way of doing things is so yesterday. It’s time to change traffic up a little, and this season, shapes are the new black thanks to Yanko Design’s Uni-Light.

Designed to help color-blind drivers, the Uni-Light changes the red-amber-green signals in favor of shapes to alert you when to stay and when to go. If this new design were to go through, you’d be stopping for triangle, slowing down for circle and going on rectangle. The colors would stay the same, but now color-blind drivers won’t have to rely on interpreting the signals by shade alone.

It’s improbable that things aren’t going to change anytime soon… if ever. But, if this set of traffic lights were to ever go through, would that mean that the “red light, green light” game we used to play as kids would have to change to reflect the new world order? We have to admit that “triangle stop, rectangle go” doesn’t sound like it would be as much fun to play – a little to educational for our liking.

[Source: Top Speed]

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  • Tom Tom on Jul 15, 2010

    Ugh... EDITOR needed. "It's improbable that things aren't going to change anytime soon... if ever." If you had read this before you hit SUBMIT you would have caught this. I think you're saying that it's PROBABLE that things won't change...

  • Chad Chad on Jul 16, 2010

    We already have a standard for shapes for road signs. Why not just use them again? Stop signs are red, octagon shape for the red light. Caution/Yield or yellow, so triangle for the yellow light. Green can remain a circle.