Philips Design has been creating some impressive lighting projects recently. Their latest inspired venture hopes to set a new standard for modern city living by taking a mundane 66 acre property in The Netherlands that formerly housed Philips’ factories and research labs, and converting the industrial area into an “inspiring creative urban neighborhood” that will take a new approach to public lighting. The area will be using advanced hybrid-electric buses, called Phileas (yes, that’s a J. Verne shoutout), that are highly efficient as well as very quiet. Echoing a problem we may be faced with as we move to more quiet hybrid vehicles, Philips has developed a crosswalk system that ensures safety for pedestrians when the rumble of gas powered vehicles is no longer apparent. Philips crosswalk is a lighting system built directly into the road that uses LED lights to illuminate the crossing.
The LED lighting in the road dims to save energy when there are no pedestrians around, but illuminate as people come close.
The “smart” lights turn from green to amber as a bus approaches to warn people of its presence.
The red don’t walk lighting changes based on the direction of the vehicles.