World-first traffic stopping technology will save lives and money

World-first technology to design traffic lights that absorb kinetic energy, stopping them from crumpling when hit by a vehicle, will prevent hundreds of fatalities and injuries each year and make our roads much safer.

That’s the prediction from UniSA senior lecturer and research lead Dr Mohammad Uddin, who is partnering with SA company Impact Absorbing Systems (IAS) on a new project to minimise collision-related injuries as well as damage to traffic lights and vehicles.

The $640,000 project, partially funded by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), will leverage IAS’s expertise in road safety and UniSA’s engineering design and advanced manufacturing skills to ensure traffic lights absorb a high-impact crash, remain undamaged and operational and save pedestrian and motorists’ lives.

Read the full media release on the UniSA website.