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Rear window LED offers ‘friendly’ advice to the driver behind – Recipe for road rage?

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The only communication device open to most drivers is the horn – or, in extreme cases, waving arms out the window and yelling.

But a new LED panel aims to change that – letting drivers send a message via Bluetooth from their mobile phone to a grid of LED lights on the back.

At present, the grid shows pre-programmed messages – but its designer says he has plans to use it to ‘Give feedback to drivers following me.’

Described as a ‘bad driver feedback display,’ the grid of LEDs is set 2cm apart across the rear windscreen of a Volkswagen Polo

What manner of chaos this might unleash on the world’s roads remains to be seen.

The pre-programmed messages include, ‘Driving slow!’ ‘Keep distance!’ and ‘Turn left!’

Early pictures and video of the device shows it offering tips from the rear window of designer Gagandeep Singh’s Volkswagen Polo.

The LEDs are hand-soldered into a grid, and spaced at 2cm intervals across the entire back windshield.

The 38 x 16 ‘resolution of the screen makes it ideal for short, two-word messages – words scroll across it from left to right, just like messages on motorway signs.

The LED screen was hand-soldered on a piece of waste wood. Its designer says that the spacing of the LEDs means its safe to use while driving as you can see straight through

Soldering together the grid took two days. The circuits that feed it messages were also programmed by hand.

The trickiest parts were ‘special characters’ such as helpful arrows pointing the direction that other drivers should steer.

The unit is controlled by a primitive AT89C51 microcontroller.

The LED grid scrolls through pre-programmed messages – its designer is now working on a Bluetooth receiver so it can be updated ‘live’ with ‘helpful messages’ for other drivers

Singh claims that the spacing of the tiny LEDs mean that the rear windscreen is fully transparent, so it’s safe to use behind the wheel.

Singh is now attempting to add a Bluetooth receiver, so drivers can update it via Bluetooth from a mobile phone.

Responsible road users would, of course, pull over to type in any advice, by which time the intended recipient might be miles ahead.

Read more: Daily Mail

 

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October 29th, 2011

Truck driven at Leinster House gates

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A 41-year-man was arrested after a concrete truck was driven into the gates of Leinster House early this morning.

The slogans ‘Toxic Bank Anglo’, “€1,000,000 on golf balls” and “€500K for golf” were displayed on the side of the truck and the vehicle registration number changed to “bankrupt”.

The man, who is from Co Mayo and has been involved in similar protests in recent months, parked at the entrance to the Dáil, locked his cabin before climbing onto the roof of the truck.

He then attempted to open makeshift doors on the back of the truck to reveal a protest banner but gardaí arrested him at about 7.15am.

No one was injured in the incident and only minor damage caused to the paintwork of Leinster House’s gates. The side windows in the cab of the truck were smashed as gardaí tried to detain him.

The man was taken to Pearse Street Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 where he is still being held. A garda spokesman said the station had received numerous calls from members of the public with the vast majority offering congratulations and support for the man.

A number of protestors gathered out side the station calling for the man to be released. Brendan Meehan from Artane carried a banner stating: “Release Joe the truck driver.”

Mr Meehan said: “I felt this is where I should be. We need a leader and the person I’d be glad to follow is in that jail. I just want that man to know I’m here to support him.”

By 5pm, Mr Meehan had been joined by about seven others, including Sarah Maguire from Wicklow, a mother of one set up her own architecture practice in 2006.

“My business hasn’t traded in a year,” she said. “I’m living with my parents and surviving on children’s allowence. I can’t afford to tax my car. You’re always looking for hope, but I can’t see any.”

Phil Derwin from Artane and his wife Sandra also joined the group of supporters. Mr Derwin who lost his job at SR Technics 18 months ago said of Mr McNamara: “He was great to do what he did. More people need to stand up and protest.”

The truck remained outside the Dáil for over two hours as gardaí and recovery crews struggled to move it. It is understood the brake lines and electric cables had been tampered with to immobilise the vehicle.

At 9.35am recovery crews managed to remove the vehicle by using a large recovery tow truck.

Kildare Street and Molesworth Street were both closed to traffic during the operation.

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said that at least one garda on duty had to jump out of the way of the truck.

“If it had been later in the morning, staff could have been killed, public could have been killed,” said Mr O’Dowd, who was on the scene this morning. “I think it’s a very serious incident and I think it’s an appalling vista to be doing your job as a garda or usher in Dáil Éireann and to be seriously injured.”

An Oireachtas spokesman said the incident did not affect proceedings as the Dáil resumed sitting after the summer recess. He said the pedestrian access at the front gates was not damaged and alternative vehicle access was provided at the rear of the building on Merrion Street.

The incident was quickly dubbed ‘Cementgate’ on the social networking site Twitter. Contributors unleashed a rapid-fire barrage of ‘cementgate’ jokes and posted pictures from the scene.

In April, a cement mixer truck, with similar wording on it, was abandoned outside a branch of the bank on Forster Street, Galway. The cabin was locked and the engine left running.

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September 30th, 2010

Motorists urged to take care due to flooding

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Flooding caused by heavy rain overnight is affecting some roads in the south and east of Ireland.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extreme care.

Parts of counties Wicklow and Wexford are the worst affected where some primary and secondary roads are impassable.

Flooding has been reported in Arklow after heavy rain fell overnight and melted snow flowed from higher ground.

Gardaí are advising that the area from Vale Road to Aughrim is completely flooded and will be closed for some time.

Anyone travelling from Dublin should take the Arklow South exit to reach Arklow town as other routes have heavy surface water.

In Enniscorthy, the quays have been closed and diversions are in place around the town. People have been asked to avoid the area completely. Gardaí have removed all cars parked on both sides of the quays because of flooding.

In Cork, surface water is affecting roads around Clonakilty and Skibbereen.

AA Roadwatch is also reporting excess surface water in counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan and Waterford.

January 16th, 2010

Double scrappage deal from Renault Ireland

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On the 18 Sept. 2009 Renault Ireland launches the new National Scrappage Scheme to “JUMPSTART” Irish car industry.

Renault Ireland today announced the launch of a national scrappage scheme for the Irish market. Irish motorists can cash in on a €1,500 scrappage scheme which is redeemable on the purchase of any new Renault car and light commercial vehicles when you scrap your car with any Renault dealer nationwide. The scheme is for motor vehicles of all makes and models that are over eight years old. The offer comes in addition to a trade-in allowance also in place across the Renault range.

Renault has successfully implemented similar schemes in other European countries with both consumers and the local car industry benefiting from the scheme. While the Irish Government stalls on introducing a much needed scrappage scheme, Renault and its Network have seized the initiative to meet the needs of Irish motorists.

Commenting on the announcement, Eric Basset, Managing Director, Renault Ireland, said, “The Irish car industry is struggling in the current economic climate due to diminished consumer purchase power and the lack of available credit. We have successfully run similar schemes in other European countries and Renault and its Network are delighted to be spearheading a scrappage scheme for Irish motorists.”

For those looking for quality, safety and ecology, this is the best opportunity to buy a new car at the best prices. Full details of the Renault Ireland’s national scrappage scheme can be found on www.irishscrappage.ie or www.renault.ie

At last the Government has followed Renault’s lead which means you can avail the Government scrappage scheme and Renault scrappage scheme.

With Renault scrappage scheme you can get 1500.00 EUR allowance on any car aged 8 year or older as well as up to 3100.00EUR trade-in allowance on any models from any brand.

With the Government Scrappage Scheme, you can save up to a further 1500.00EUR on top of the Renault Scrapage Scheme if the car is 10 years or older

If you would like to find out more, why don’t you visit Renault website -> Here

December 9th, 2009

Driving instuctors under scrutiny

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The Road Safety Authority has found one reason why so many people have been failing the driving test.

They found that many driving instructors did not know the theory or the practice of driving.

Noel Brett, CEO of the RSA, said 26% of driving instructors had failed the theory test, while 20% had failed the practical test.

Instructors had to undergo a test set by the RSA, as all instructors have to be registered by that body.

To illustrate the size of the problem with road safety, he said that since 1980 a total of 13,002 people had died on the roads.

He said this is four times the number killed in the Northern Ireland troubles.

He suggested that on present trends, 75 to 80 more people will die on the roads between now and the end of the year.

September 23rd, 2009

Hundreds of bicycles will be available on the streets of Dublin

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Hundreds of bicycles will be available on the streets of Dublin from today 13th Sept. 2009.

The initiative has been organised by Dublin City Council in conjunction with a French advertising giant who will fund the operation in return for advertising space.

The 450 silver unisex bicycles are being made available for use by the public at 40 locations from the Mater Hospital in the North of the city to Grand Canal Street in the South.

The scheme is designed to encourage cycling and to help people move around the city streets quickly.

A short journey lasting a half an hour is free but six hours costs €4.50 and its €2 for every half an hour after that.

Would be cyclists also need to leave €150 deposit using either a credit card or a bank draft, which will be used if the bike is not returned.

The scheme is similar to the one that has been operating in Paris, Copenhagen and 16 other cities.

September 13th, 2009

National roads reclassified as motorways

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Sections of ten national roads will today be designated as new motorways.

The Department of Transport made the changes following a recommendation from the National Roads Authority.

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey said: ‘The purpose of this move is to enhance and protect the national motorway network.’

The speed limits on these roads will be increased from 100 to 120km/ph, which will mean that learner drivers, certain types of agricultural vehicles and motorbikes will be banned.

Motorway status will be applied to 294km of national roads.

The sections reclassified include the N2 between Kilshane and Ashbourne, the N4 between Kinnegad and McNead’s Bridge and the N6 between Athlone and Galway.

Parts of the N3, N8, N9, N11, N18 and N20 are also covered, along with the Limerick Southern Ring Road.

Some of the roads involved are still under construction.

Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch says the change is a good thing and that it will make the roads safer as certain classes of vehicle cannot go on them.

August 28th, 2009
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