點起"聰明燈" 解決大塞車

How long does it take for you to get home from the school? 1 hour or 2 hours? Then how far is it from your home to the school? 10 km or 20 km? Day in day out, we just have to spend so so much time on roads, and worst of all, we have to be patient for other drivers, bikers, cyclists, walkers and, of course, traffic lights. We can not get people off roads, that's for sure. So seemingly, the only thing that we can do minimise the chance of getting road rage is to make our traffic lights smarter.....

Final countdown ......


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Shed some "smart lights" on our dark nightmare on roads
靠紅綠燈解決大塞車?紅綠燈得先比駕駛朋友們更聰明吧!!!

(It's rush-hour time. Annie and Wayne are driving their way from the uni to a suburban restaurant. They're expecting a great dinner for their anniversary)

Wayne: What time is it? (Wayne's eyes jump from the congested traffic to the digital clock) Gosh! It's already half pass 7.

Annie: So late! We've been stuck in the traffic for more than 2 hours.

Wayne: Look at that bloke. The traffic is already a mass, and he still wants to take a U-turn at the intersection, as if he owns the street. Some people just don't care any less about others.

Annie: Be cool. Don't let it make you seeing red.

Wayne: Ok, ok, I'll stop nagging about it.

Annie: Don't know why city planners don't synchronise traffic lights along major roads in the city. Drivers just have to sit at every single red light. That's really a waste of time and fuel; not to mention vehicles queuing on streets and churning out fumes. The whole city then just gets clogged up, and gets extra pollution.

Wayne: It is obvious that no attempts to synchronise traffic lights to speed up the traffic flow are being made; instead, most of the traffic lights are synchronised to maximise the waiting time. For that, drivers and passengers are really fossilised in the traffic. We're indeed a part of this city.

Annie: Yeah, fossil in a steaming rage! Have you heard about smart traffic lights? I've seen news on some foreign cities applying smart lights.

Wayne: I've never heard of it. What's that?

Annie: Smart traffic lights are fitted with sensors to collect data of traffic flow on nearby roads. Because these smart lights share all the data collected, they are able to collectively figure out the number and speed of vehicles in specific areas; then instantaneously decide waiting time for each respective intersection.

Wayne: It sounds an interesting idea, and a pretty one.

Annie: Absolutely. And one interesting feature is very much like what we have on our traffic lights, I reckon. I don't know how they exactly do it though, it's not specified in the news. These smart lights tell drivers when they are about to change, so drivers can accordingly adjust their speed to avoid sudden acceleration or braking.

Wayne: Yeah, it's like the countdown signal on our traffic lights, but with different functions. For our drivers, the countdown is the signal for testosterone to kick in; so get your foot off the brake, and plunge down the petrol pedal.

Annie: Typical roadhogs.

Wayne: Yeah, beat the lights is the goal. Smart traffic lights? Give it away; we've got "smarter" drivers.

Annie: Stop nagging, will you.

 

Wordbank:

uni (n) = university
collectively (adv): 共同地;集體地
suburban (adj): 郊區的
instantaneously (adv): 即時地
congested (adj): 堵塞的;壅塞的
respective (adj): 各自的;各個的
intersection (n): 路口
pretty (adj) = expensive
nag (v): 抱怨;碎碎念
acceleration (n): 加速
synchronise (v): 使....同步
brake (n) / (v): 煞車
queue (n) / (v): 排隊
testosterone (n): 睪丸酮素;雄性激素
fume (n): 煙霧
roadhog (n): 開車不守規矩的人
fossilise (v): 使....變化石
 

Phrases:

rush-hour time: 尖峰時間
half pass 7: 7點半
take a U-turn: 迴轉 (開車)
see red = get angry
churn out: 大量地產生
clog up: 堵住;塞住
steaming rage: 氣得七竅生煙
be about to: 即將要....;快要....
kick in: 原意為"捐獻"、"捐款";這裡指"上場"、"發揮作用"
plunge down: 原意為"從....沖下"、"俯衝";這裡指"用力地踩下"、"很快地踩下"
petrol pedal = gas pedal: 油門踏板 (運輸工具)
give it away: 停止做某件事情

 

相關連結:

(New Scientist Tech) Could smart traffic lights stop motorists fuming?

(BBC News) City gets 'smart' traffic lights

(Leicester Mercury) Smart Traffic Lights Plan

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