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Green gadget sets out to reduce pollution

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 20:09:06

There are many ways in which gadgets can help modern consumers to save money and behave in a more eco-friendly way. It is also important for people to think about the sustainability of their device use, ensuring that mobile phones and other items are recycled, once they are no longer needed.

A new product which is being trialled in the UK could have all kinds of travel benefits and environmental improvements up its sleeve, as it is designed to allow more direct engagement between drivers and the systems which control the flow of traffic, according to the Mirror.

Essentially the project, led by Newcastle University researchers and tech firm, Siemens, will see a small, portable device installed in cars which is capable of communicating with traffic lights via a central management system.

The idea is that when there is no other traffic, lights can turn green and vehicles can proceed, rather than relying on rigid systems based on timers, as in the past.

As well as reducing the amount of fuel which vehicles consume, this gadget will help to ease congestion. And it will even harvest traffic information, to provide real time updates on how quickly drivers should be travelling if they want to hit the next set of lights at the moment that they turn green, all in the name of efficiency.

Of course, this type of technology could well be based in smartphone devices, so if the researchers can create an app and harness the location-based capabilities and connectivity of modern mobiles, then all of the UK’s drivers could be more efficient behind the wheel. The initial trial is being used by non-emergency vehicles used by the health service in Newcastle, but could roll out to the general public if successful.




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