• Daan Roosegaard's designs for safer highways

    The problem with highway signs is that drivers rarely, if ever, pay attention to them. “Keep right, except to pass” may as well be written in hieroglyphics for all the good it does, and the same can be said for signs that read, “Caution, bridge freezes before road surface.” What if the road itself gave you a warning, in the form of a giant, full-lane-width snowflake, when the surface dropped below freezing? This may sound like science fiction, but in the eyes of Dutch visionary Daan Roosegaarde it’s merely good design and one of several ready-to implement ideas...

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    Texas Green-Lights The 85 MPH Speed Limit

    On August 30, the Texas Transportation Commission voted to approve a speed limit of 85 miles per hour on a 41-mile stretch of toll road linking Austin and San Antonio. While most drivers welcome the new speed limit as a way of getting from point A to point B more expeditiously (at the cost of...

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    Texas Highway Could Be First In U.S. With 85 MPH Speed Limit

    Modern cars are faster, more fuel-efficient, safer and more nimble than their counterparts of decades past, yet modern highway speed limits fail to take this into consideration. Given the poor condition of many U.S. highways, combined with the distracted drivers using them (and the general...

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