In Mexico, Decano Industries is developing a new smart speed bump aimed at increasing safety and decreasing fuel consumption.
Decano’s smart bump measures the force of impact from any oncoming vehicle, and falls flat if the automobile is moving at the speed limit or below. If the vehicle is going too fast, it will maintain its shape, bumping the car to slow it down.
Autoblog reports on the environmental benefits:
There’s more on the line than just controlling speed. A 2006 study by Mexico City Autonomous University found that the constant acceleration and deceleration caused by speed bumps actually causes more pollutants and increases fuel consumption. A slow and steady speed would be much more environmentally friendly.