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Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of a child *UPDATED*

 
A.D. Life
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Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of a child *UPDATED*
What is the world coming to...I would probably not even see it...that's bad.

Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren't satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child.

According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty -- acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."




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*UPDATE*
you can see 2 pictures and a video of the "Speed bump" at the link below
[link to izismile.com]

Last Edited by A.D. Life on 09/09/2010 11:41 AM
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Now, that is cool ...
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I applaud their efforts. Sensory adaptation will soon take over and people will become adjusted to this too. It's inevitable. I still, though, appreciate the innovative way our minds play tricks with what our eyes see.

Wow!!! That was a mouth full. Better I drink coffee.

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What happens when people become desensitized to this then start to roll through knowing it is optical illusion. Then a real child gets trucked. Fail
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What happens when people become desensitized to this then start to roll through knowing it is optical illusion. Then a real child gets trucked. Fail
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1051266


Good point.

You can hear the defense in court:

The defendant has been conditioned to think that all small children playing in the road are fake and unreal.
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This is a huge fail waiting to happen.

A huge FAIL IN PUBLIC FINANCING ALSO.
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"That's not a kid, it's one of those 'sidewalk drawings'........FLOOR IT!" rockon
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What happens when people become desensitized to this then start to roll through knowing it is optical illusion. Then a real child gets trucked. Fail
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1051266



Yeah I was thinking the same thing...they'll get so used to it being there a real kid will jump out and they'll hit the kid...that sucks...canadians don't think "aboot" things much lol

anyone catch that?
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What happens when people become desensitized to this then start to roll through knowing it is optical illusion. Then a real child gets trucked. Fail
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That's exactly what I was wondering.

What a dumbfuck idea.
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Now, that is cool ...
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...until someone panics and tries to swerve to miss the "kid" and kills themselves by smashing into another vehicle or post or something...
Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

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Good concept, bad implementation. They should change it just be dollar signs $$ popping up. I bet you that people would remember real quick they are in a school zone.
As his vision slowly cleared, the traveler came to the startling realization that he had been sitting by the side of the road, repeatedly hitting himself in the head with his walking staff. He had in fact been doing this for a quarter of a century.

Shaking his head at his own folly, he dusted himself off, set his gaze upon the road up the mountain and once more set off upon his journey.
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"That's not a kid, it's one of those 'sidewalk drawings'........FLOOR IT!" rockon
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Make it a drawing of a teen with his baggy pants hanging down and there won't even be tire marks on the pavement...
Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

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"Pavement Patty"
That's just terrible.
I applaud their efforts. Sensory adaptation will soon take over and people will become adjusted to this too. It's inevitable.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon

"Oh it's just an illusion, I don't need to actually slow down..."
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Now, that is cool ...


...until someone panics and tries to swerve to miss the "kid" and kills themselves by smashing into another vehicle or post or something...
 Quoting: BRIEF AND TO THE POINT

That too.
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"Pavement Patty"
That's just terrible.

I applaud their efforts. Sensory adaptation will soon take over and people will become adjusted to this too. It's inevitable.
"Oh it's just an illusion, I don't need to actually slow down..."
 Quoting: Astronut



Excellent....I didn't think anybody read my post. To many big words I guess.
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What happens if someone is not paying attention swerves and hits a real kid. Then what! Who thinks of these crazy ideas?
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They should have this optical illusion child around playgrounds. Pedophile trap.
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"Pavement Patty"
That's just terrible.

I applaud their efforts. Sensory adaptation will soon take over and people will become adjusted to this too. It's inevitable.
"Oh it's just an illusion, I don't need to actually slow down..."



Excellent....I didn't think anybody read my post. To many big words I guess.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon

I understood you don't think sensory adaptation is a good thing. I just don't think this fail is even applause worthy for effort.
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This will be a cause of heart attacks and more accidents. Stupid idea.
No good deed goes unpunished.
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Excellent....I didn't think anybody read my post. To many big words I guess.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon


yeah i did...just because I'm OP and I don't think anyone caught my canadian word in my last post.
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lol wtf
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Oh thanks for the Pin...1st time ever!
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im not convinced this is such a great idea. the boy who cries wolf.. SURE it will stop people dead in thier tracks, who wants to run over a poor little kid!!! but what about when you get them used to the fact that it is just an optical illusion. THEN what happens when there IS a kid ???
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Cool, I want one of these paintings on my street.

I for one am sick of people racing down my street.
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Worse yet, folks who generally drive that road will play games to see if they can speed to crush the 3d drawing. Problem is one day it isn't the 3d drawing but a flesh and blood kid.

Dumb expenditure in trying to condition folks who just won't get it in any event irrespective of what trickery you try and implement to change their behaviour.
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Thats a really really bad idea! Its like crying wolf over and over, a driver at some point will see a child and think they are only a speed bump :-(
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im not convinced this is such a great idea. the boy who cries wolf.. SURE it will stop people dead in thier tracks, who wants to run over a poor little kid!!! but what about when you get them used to the fact that it is just an optical illusion. THEN what happens when there IS a kid ???
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 849986


Most drivers here don't seem to care if you are real.

I can't tell you how many times I have had to bang on the hood of a car to prevent it from running me over at an intersection "walk" sign.

They are too busy on their phones, or eating lunch etc. to pay attention to pedestrians.
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How completely retarded can you get?!!!

1. A driver slams on their brakes thinking they are about to plow into a real child; thus causing a crash as cars behind plough into them.

2. As above but a driver swerves to avoid the 'child' and misses the illusion but hits a real one on the sidewalk.

3. People start confusing real kids and imaginary kids.

4. Its a bit sick and could actually traumatise some people (especially children who are riding as passengers).

5. Idiots will inevitabely invent some kind of sick game where they 'edit' the images in sick ways.

One word for the designer of this; 'twat'.
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They'd be better off just painting the ball on the road. This would at least cause an instantaneous scan by the brain and an immediate slowing, or braking, without the potential swerve. You don't know where the child is coming from so you hold steady in the middle of the road.
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"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".

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