Iceland Experiments With 3-D Painted Crosswalks To Get The Attention Of Distracted Drivers

October 24, 2017


This is a video showing off one of of the experimental new crosswalks painted in Ísafjörður, Iceland to look like it's 3-D (previously: these 3-D painted children to slow drivers in Canada). The idea is that the crosswalk will be more likely to grab the attention of distracted drivers and prevent them from running somebody over. Of course, if you're driving so distracted you can't see somebody crossing the street, I'm not sure how much good a 3-D painted crosswalk is going to do. I guess that's why they're calling it an experiment. Who knows, it might even cause more accidents because people will try to take pictures of it while driving. Not everybody is as good at driving with their knee as I am, after all. Also, if you're really concerned about not getting hit at a crosswalk, just cross the street in the sewers like a normal person ninja turtle.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Jan, who agrees the key to reducing pedestrian crosswalk accidents is jetpacks.

  • asdfadfs

    feel like the only thing that might accomplish is to prevent me from recognizing the crosswalk

  • Hazakabammer

    Cool. That's not really distracting or anything.

  • Here in Brazil they're doing this too. It really works!

  • Hazakabammer

    Telling someone that anything about Brasil works is insane. Brasil is a cesspool of crime, corruption and inhumanity. We'd all be better off if Brasil had a plague outbreak and you all died.

  • Sorry, but where are you from, exactly? Any country in the world has its problems. It has corruption, crime, problems of psychopathy, depression, mental illnesses, misfortunes. This is a result of contemporary society, not of a specific country. You say as if you knew Brazil very well. Have you been here? Do not generalize without knowing anything, please. We have bad aspects, but also many good ones.
    Seems like you're a generic internet troll who feels in the right to disrespect people, or to say atrocities like. Look at your belly button, where you live, before you talk crap.
    Everyone fought against a common enemy: modern civilization. And the fact of the sick society that we live. You see, as an example in the USA, we have a completely insane president-elect. Not to mention the shootings in schools, in the street, stabbings. Where is this a sign of security and not violence? In addition, the US are champions in making serial killers. I wonder why?
    And if its to happen an epidemic and all die, by "natural punishment", Brazil should not be in the top of the list. There are a lot of other sick countries, and in the end, a meteor is better off blowing the Earth and we all go together.
    But, in fact, the US is closer to being eradicated than Brazil, via terrorists, chemical or nuclear attacks. By far.

  • Hazakabammer

    Third world countries like Brasil and Somalia are shit because of the people living there, don't go blaming "modern civilisation" - a largely European construction - because your people are inferior and as such have an inevitably inferior nation. Go look at your crime statistics, then compare it to the rest of the world. Your country and every other country like yours deserves to be wiped out, along with the people, for the betterment of the species.

    Ask yourself, if all the south American people died out and people from First world nations (almost exclusively whites of European descent) moved there, would it be as shit as it is now, or would there be new infrastructure, a more civilised government, better laws and in general a better standard of living? If you say that it wouldn't be better if we were there instead of you, with the same resources you have, you're lacking integrity and you're lying for the sake of pride, or you're a genuine Idiot.

  • notoriousFF

    "Ask yourself, if all the south American people died out and people from
    First world nations (almost exclusively whites of European descent)
    moved there..."

    HAHAHAHAAH. That's exactly what has happened in the past!!!

  • Hazakabammer

    Not really. They interbred with the tribal savages there and thus became tainted with inferior blood and culture. Procreation is essentially operant on a law of average, if you have a 30 IQ tribal with a 80 IQ european from the 1700s, you still get stupid, then there's an endless supply of tribal blood and backwards cultural influence constantly being added to that inferior mixture. If you examine some of the dutch colonies the Nazis set up down there, they were (some still are) doing pretty well, but an oasis in a desert will eventually be eroded away.

  • Guesticle

    right. and now people only say "blood for the blood gods" because of 40k instead of having to live it under aztecs.

    you're welcome

  • Meh

    That's very cool.

  • dougfunnay

    two vans a duck and half a bagel flew through there at the one minute mark....only one was visible

  • whacko

    Seems stupid. If driver's aren't stopping for crosswalks, making them look LESS like a crosswalk isn't gonna help the situation.

    Put some flashing lights or a train-track style crossbar that responds to a crosswalk button out there.

    Or just station a cop there for a few weeks writing tickets to people who fail to stop. A traffic cam could do the same thing.

    There are solutions to this problem, but making the crosswalk look like it's floating when viewed from 30ft drone height isn't one of them.

  • Peter

    A van flew through there at the 1 minute mark

  • kifchrismusic

    A van flew through there at the 1 minute mark

  • iRawr

    Problem is drivers automatically ignore things like this as they're overwhelmed with all the various road, advertising and other signs and street furniture every 15 yards. Looking back at photos from the 1970s there's barely any sign or furniture spam, so any signs people actually took notice of. Everything looked much tidier too.

  • dougfunnay

    its in iceland
    watch the video
    noticing much sign or furniture spam?
    (there seems to be a small amount edited out but its hardly a constant bombardment)

  • Nicholas Conrad

    These come up on the internet every once in a while. I'm sure they work for the first few weeks, but after that you're just training drivers to ignore potential obstacles in the road. I even saw one with photorealistic kids playing in the street... That's not something you want drivers learning to ignore.

  • dougfunnay

    what does work are those annoying little grooves in the asphalt that make an insane amount of noise (on a lot of long straight highways to keep people awake)

  • Guesticle

    too bad those also collect nails and arrange them to sit point up

  • dougfunnay

    2017 man
    not really a ton of nails laying around in the roads
    (a shit load of broken glass though)

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