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Title: Congo
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 23, 2018, 11:27:46 AM
Interesting way to try to impose some order on unruly drivers in Kinshasa, Congo.

I have a .PDF copy if you cannot read this due to the WSJ paywall (leave your e-mail address if you want a copy). There's a video embedded in this story showing one of the robots in operation (not sure I can get around the paywall to share that).

Are the robots compliant with the MUTCD?

WSJ.com:  Terrible Traffic? Call In the 7-Foot-Tall RoboCops - Hit-and-runs are putting Kinshasa’s robot traffic cops in rehab; plus, the solar-powered machines don’t always work on cloudy days (https://www.wsj.com/articles/terrible-traffic-call-in-the-7-foot-tall-robocops-1524418819)
Title: Re: Congo
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 23, 2018, 12:17:09 PM
Well, being that the MUTCD is an American document, Congo robots don't need to be compliant with it!

Now, would Robots in America be complaint?  Well...depends.  If the robot is in the middle with basic functions of a traffic light: Red/Yellow/Green in the proper order, then why not?  The other functions aren't prohibited.  That said, its use would be extremely limited, and it wouldn't be advisable to have someone stop in the middle of an intersection to ask for directions.

We already use and obey traffic lights; not unlike other countries where anything goes.  Besides, for things like accidents and such, America already has a fairly significant surveillance system.  It's made up of government-installed traffic cameras, government installed dash cams, privately-owned personal security cameras, privately-owned personal dash cams, body cams and personal hand-held cameras (namely, cell phones).  Hit and runs, while notable when they make the news, are a very small portion of accidents.
Title: Re: Congo
Post by: Alps on April 23, 2018, 12:25:47 PM
I shall request said pdf.
Title: Re: Congo
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 23, 2018, 04:00:50 PM
I shall request said pdf.

Sent.
Title: Re: Congo
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 24, 2018, 02:29:06 PM
Well, being that the MUTCD is an American document, Congo robots don't need to be compliant with it!

I  intended that comment to be a little tongue-in-cheek. 

Now, would Robots in America be complaint?  Well...depends.  If the robot is in the middle with basic functions of a traffic light: Red/Yellow/Green in the proper order, then why not?  The other functions aren't prohibited.  That said, its use would be extremely limited, and it wouldn't be advisable to have someone stop in the middle of an intersection to ask for directions.

It would take a while for changes to the MUTCD to be adapted (complete with specifications) to allow such a device to be deployed on a public road or highway in the U.S.  There's also the issue of how drivers would react to such a device if they  had never seen one before.

We already use and obey traffic lights; not unlike other countries where anything goes.  Besides, for things like accidents and such, America already has a fairly significant surveillance system.  It's made up of government-installed traffic cameras, government installed dash cams, privately-owned personal security cameras, privately-owned personal dash cams, body cams and personal hand-held cameras (namely, cell phones).  Hit and runs, while notable when they make the news, are a very small portion of accidents.

It also depends on where one happens to be.  In  some parts of the nation where I have driven, people behind the wheel tend to obey signals, signs and other traffic control devices.  In other areas, not so much.
Title: Re: Congo
Post by: index on April 24, 2018, 02:45:39 PM
I request the PDF. My email should be on my profile.