The concept design is made to be equally legible for people and AI in a future where autonomous vehicles are commonplace

Innovation is all about recycling ideas to make something new. Take this concept design for a redesigned traffic light as an example, proposed by Russian Lexus Design Awards finalist Evgeny Arinin as a means of articulating the rules of the road in more cohesive manner.

The design is simple: each intersection gets a sign shaped the way the road splits—a four-way junction gets a cross-shaped sign for instance. Where this gets particularly interesting is when drivers are forced to make a turn—whereas preexisting systems rely on additional stoplights, the contextual structures of these mechanisms enable cities and urban planners to condense all the stoplights into a single unit.

With an intuitive interface that’s undergone an exhaustive amount of user testing, the signs won’t just be easily interpreted by the human eye, but the driverless car’s camera as well. In the mean time, the clever design of the stoplight promises to better prep drivers for roadwork and school crossings ahead, unprotected lefts, and when they can and can’t turn right on red.

Arinin Evgeny

Innovation is all about recycling ideas to make something new. Take this concept design for a redesigned traffic light as an example, proposed by Russian Lexus Design Awards finalist Evgeny Arinin as a means of articulating the rules of the road in more cohesive manner.

The design is simple: each intersection gets a sign shaped the way the road splits—a four-way junction gets a cross-shaped sign for instance. Where this gets particularly interesting is when drivers are forced to make a turn—whereas preexisting systems rely on additional stoplights, the contextual structures of these mechanisms enable cities and urban planners to condense all the stoplights into a single unit.