Dear MDOT – Where Are Our Robot Traffic Cones?
Michigan - a state familiar with orange traffic cones this time of year - may soon benefit from a British invention.
According to The Telegraph out of the UK, British engineers have invented "robot" traffic cones. Traffic cones that come with wheels and, when given the signal, roll out of the way at 4 MPH when construction is finished. Making things safer for workers who have to move them and speeding up the process of opening up lanes of traffic.
The only holdup might be the price. According to my sources, basic traffic cones cost between $5 and $7 if you buy them in bulk. The new robo-cones cost about $135. Each.
But, this is America. We can do it cheaper, I'm sure. It's only a matter of time.
One of the experts says these "smart cones" will eventually be able to talk to your car and tell you when the cones will be deploying or rolling out of the way, giving you a chance to re-route.
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