Question by ms10 | last reply
Search for traffic in Topics
Please forgive me if I am missing the INSTRUCTABLE on this, but I'm looking to MOD a Traffic Signal (or Stop Light) and I haven't found any within MAKE or INSTRUCTABLES website(s). I was gonna hook it up to a Light Switch (BORING!) but was hoping I could get some ideas ... C'MON INSTRUCTABLER's!!! Help! thanks.
Topic by daveanton | last reply
Do you recognize this device? Is it a traffic signal controller? I saw this guy standing at a busy intersection, and it appeared he was controlled the traffic signals. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to talk with him, but I did get a picture to investigate later. Do you recognize the device?
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
The light is a single 3 light signal. Want to rewire to LED with a variety of light possibilities and be able to plug into house current.
Question by Needtoknow1 | last reply
I'm talking guerrilla warfare. We don't have sidewalks and narrow country roads so walking with a stroller or a dog means you risk life and limb to leave the house--no one drives the 25 MPH speed limit (except me). The town police and the town traffic commission are useless and totally closed minded to any traffic calming suggestions, especially those that cost money. I just want them all to slow down. Any suggestions??
Question by TeaQueen | last reply
I just posted my first instructable and when I go to look for it I do not see it. It may be at the very end but I believe it is a really good one and I have posted it about a day ago and have only had about 90 hits. What can I do to increase my presents here?
Question by johnaobrien | last reply
Seen anything interesting in traffic lately?I recently sat along our town's main cruising street and counted how many motorcycles went by. 15 in an hour. That's up from when gas was cheaper! We'll see about when winter gets here, though.One of my professors has a Triumph 900, the classic-looking one. He wants to get rid of it. He wants to trade for a Harley. I don't have a Harley. It's still his.One of the security guards nearly took his own head off on his sportbike of unknown bloodline by coming screaming around a corner and almost clipping the No Parking sign.On my way home, a very nicely done cafe racer that looked like a modern-parts Vincent passed me on the highway.On the way across town, we were at a light next to a long, low, and loud chopper, with an ultradetailed paintjob.A few months ago, we were at a light when a '24 Harley went by on the cross street.I have a bike that can move under it's own power, which you have all seen if you've read about my custom seat at https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_motorcycle_seat/Seven Road KingsFive scooters, two of which were of the sewing-machine, park-on-the-sidewalk-and-piss-us-all-off sortTwo Victorys"And a partridge in a pear tree"
Topic by Rishnai | last reply
One of my instructables has received several hundred hits just today. It usually gets about 20-30 hits per day. Is there a way to tell where the traffic is coming from? Thank you, Annabelle
Topic by HandmadeByAnnabelle | last reply
Can someone show me wa way to attach my small video camera in my car to video the traffic as i drive.
Question by Robert Hill | last reply
Traffic calming schemes are frequently unpopular with drivers; speed bumps and oddly-placed bollards make life uncomfortable. In Norfolk, England, a new scheme is being presented that slows traffic without even touching the road or obstructing the driver. Two hundred trees have been planted at the boundaries of villages suffering from speeding drivers, and it is the trees that fool drivers into slowing; they are in rows down each side of the road, and as they approach the village, they get slightly closer together, and slightly closer to the road. Seen only in the driver's peripheral vision, the trees give the same subliminal visual clues as increasing speed would, and drivers respond by unconsciously slowing down. The illusion has slowed traffic by an average of about 3km per hour. The illusion has been used before (rumble strips on the approaches to roundabouts are spaced more and more closely together to create an audible illusion of acceleration), but the more subtle nature of the tree-planting makes it less obvious, and thus harder to resist. Provisionally seen as a success, more detailed, longer-term results are to be presented to the Department of Transport in the Autumn, with a view to rolling it out on B-roads nationally. The Independent Autoblog
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I know a guy who knows a guy (I know, cliche) who was able to combine a cantenna, a lunchbox, and a small monitor, (and some other stuff) and when they stopped at a red light, MacGyver was able to display the image from the camera on the screen. Basically, they were looking at themselves from the point of view of the traffic camera. So, my question is, how easy would this be to do? I'm guessing the right software on a *laptop with a wifi card would suffice. What does everyone else think? *Edited
Topic by NozeDive | last reply
Air Traffic control broadcasts from 108 - 138 MHz. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Transistor-Radio-Hack/)A couple of months ago I bought a Realistic Jetstream radio. It was used. I saw it there before. I finally bought it. I thought it was just an FM/AM radio. It said AM/VHF. I thought that was odd. After I bought it I realized that it wasn't an FM radio, it was an Air Traffic Control scanner! That was even better. It comes apart just like the radio Kipkay used in the hack. It was already an ATC radio though. My question is there any way to get Air Traffic Control on your computer? I tried an old tv tuner card. I set the frequency to 122.8MHz. That is the frequency for the local airport in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Centruy of Flight. It is also what my radio picks up. The antenna won't pick it up on the tuner. FM radio works though. I hope all this makes sense.
Topic by popit | last reply
Here's the second bug I've found with the resurrected user statistics report (/you/stats/). If you choose the option "By Traffic Source", the y-axis scale and detailed numbers get really weird. The first plot below shows the inclusive last-3-months data for my top five I'bles, while the second shows the same data broken down by traffic source. As you can see, the data points are all at 62 and 125 (from which I guess that the first is actually 62.5 :-). I think what's happened is that the data has gotten multiplied by 500/8 before plotting.
Topic by kelseymh
I am not sure how many people have seen these, but they are used in Elementary school alot. Basically, when the light is green the noise level is at the right level, if it is yellow it is getting a bit too loud and red is WAY too loud. I want to use this type of idea in my classroom. It doesn't have to be a traffic light but a series of light. I just don't know much about wiring.
Question by MrFish7 | last reply
By a car? Besides when I've managed to run over myself, all of the times that I've been hit have been at intersections, obeying the lights. I got hit by a 50cc scooter once, too. That was less painful than hilarious. I think I got hurt less than the gal on the scooter. I had to help her pick it up and get it started again...I cross busy 4-lane streets in the middle of the block, rather than the light, for precisely that reason. Every time I've tried crossing Federal at the light, I've been hit or nearly hit by some cholo in a junker of a lowrider. Crossing the same street in the middle of the block, I've only had once close call, and that was my English teacher trying to be funny and just buzzing me.One of my friends got laid out in the crosswalk by someone who jumped the light a few miles from our school. She was in a bad way for a while, with multiple compound fractures.How about you? Ever been hit? How do you handle traffic and crossing?
Topic by Rishnai | last reply
So here's my problem: I ride my bike to school everyday, but there is one intersection that I can not figure out how to ride through safely. I drew a picture of the intersection down below. The blue and green lines are cars, and the red line is the route that I usually take. If anyone could tell my where to ride , it would be greatly appreciated. (Click the little "i" in the corner of the image to view it at a higher resolution)
Topic by ItsTheHobbs | last reply
Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me with a (hopefully) simple electronics project. I wanted to recreate the flashing properties of flashing construction signs (see video below) with LEDs. I bought a 555 timer and created a circuit similar to the diagram below. I ran into a few problems though: The period of the LED's on/off cycle was normally 90% on and 10% off. With some tinkering of the resistances I achieved about a 1:1 ratio of on to off but to replicate the traffic signs I would like about 80% off and 20% on or less. This circuit is somewhat bulky to make only 1 LED blink. Ideally, I would like to have 20 or 30 either all running on the same circuit or all self contained (with less complicated circuitry). At this point I almost want to get my hands on an old flashing construction sign if only to copy the circuit but I know of no way to do so legally. If anyone has any knowledge of these lights or suggestions of any sort, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Daniel P.S. I have a very limited knowledge of electronics, so feel free to dumb things down a bit. Flashing Lights from Peter on Vimeo.
Topic by Strombergundy | last reply
We've been growing pretty consistently since the site launched in 2005, but September was notable in that we smashed a number of our records. We had the greatest number of people come to the site (5.6 M), the greatest number of people return (2.9 M), the greatest number of new pro memberships, and our first and second highest traffic days where over a quarter of a million people visited Instructables in a single day. We didn't break any records for new Instructables (the last month of the Craftsman contest from last year still holds that one), but September wasn't too far behind. And all this in a month with only 30 days!October is my favorite month. Here's to it bringing in some amazing costumes and smashing even more records.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Lately it has become increasingly more difficult to respond to someone's comment on one of my Instructables. It has also become more difficult to leave a comment on someone else's Instructable. I click on the appropriate button ("Comment," "Reply"), but there is no response. Sometimes I can comment or respond during some very strange hour of the night when Internet traffic is very low. I have checked this on different computers, but the same problem persists. Today I also noticed the yellow text boxes have disappeared from one of my earlier Instructables. If I go to "Edit" I can see ghost images of the yellow text boxes, but cannot read or edit them. For some time I have not been able to edit or add text boxes in the Edit mode, only when I am viewing steps of the Instructable. Are transitions underway on the Instructables page that make these temporary problems? Also, the words "Instructable" and "Instructables" always show up as misspelled. It seems strange the site name is identified by the spell checker as a misspelling.
Topic by Phil B | last reply
I am given a project of "microcontroller based automatic four way traffic control" I have no idea where to start it. Can you please guide me about it's diagram and program code? What are the reqirements for it's hard ware completion ? I shall be very thank ful to you. regards Jawwad Sadiq
Question by kitharass | last reply
I will refer to this post that received no apparent answer, so I will ask again since this post is so old. https://www.instructables.com/community/Referrers-data/ I have found that I have an iblle that has 20k+ Total Views. Hurray for me! First time I have received so many views in such a short time. So, I went to view the stats to try to see where the traffic is coming from. After looking at the Referrers I see that the numbers for Referrers only ads to 3000+ Shouldn't Total Views = Referrers? If not, hopefully someone could explain to give value to these stats. Thanks The Water Dog
Topic by DiyWaterDog | last reply
Alright everyone I have been shopping around looking at devices like the photo blocker db-1. One thing I have found is they are expensive. So i was wondering if anyone knows how to build a circuit that can sense a camera flash and then trigger a flash bulb to activate.
Topic by travis.percy.7 | last reply
I have recently bought this traffic arrow from a surplus store and i cannot find the input voltage anywhere on the net. it has a built in switch mode power supply from what i can tell and i think it is 120V AC but am not sure. the arrow is a GE Gelcore LED Traffic Signal. ANY help would be appreciated. thanks
Topic by devicemodder
I have this idea for a little project/gizmo and I don't really know where to begin. my office is at an intersection that people have a tendency to run into each other at. What I'd like is a simple little circuit that will have some sort of motion/proximity sensors, two, one each looking down one side of this corner. Two LEDs each look down one of the two sides of the corner. The idea would be that if both sensors detect motion (within 10-15feet of the corner) the led would light or blink for a second or two. So if one person is approaching the corner nothing happens, but if people are approaching the corner from both sides the LED would alert them so they won't run into each other. Ideally I'd like this to be powered by a small photo voltaic. I'm thinking that I could have some cap that charges from the PV, and discharges into the circuit a few times a second. This way it could just be hung there at the corner and forgotten about. Ideas??? Update: While a mirror would seem like the most obvious solution the way the offices are arranged at my corner there isn't really a place to hang a mirror. I've even stuck a car blind spot mirror on the small space between two of the office doors across the way from my door. That way at least I can check for traffic when I step outside my office. This is kind of an idea splinter and I need to make it so I can get it out of my head. (I hope I'm not the only one who gets mind splinters. Like a song stuck in your head it is an idea that you just have see realized or it will just sit there in your mind forever.)
Question by FriedGeek | last reply
Ok I'm looking into this and I am looking to see if anyone has ever built one before? if so can they provide detailed instructions for building one. and if not if anyone would be willing ot suggest ideas on how one might build one. from the parts required I am almost certain that one can build on from cheap parts and even salvaged from other electronics. from what I can tell to build one for much less than most to all the current companies that are trying to sell them for one would probably only need these parts. Fm decoder module obviously usb mini b male plug Antenna Cigarette lighter power adapter solder
Topic by Tom_Neverwinter | last reply
I am given a project of "microcontroller based automatic four way traffic control" I have no idea where to start it. Can you please guide me about it's diagram and program code? What are the reqirements for it's hard ware completion ? I shall be very thank ful to you. regards Jawwad
Topic by kitharass | last reply
Is there any way to take a 120 volt LED traffic signal bulb apart and convert it to work on 12 VAC we are using this around a lake and don't want the chance of electrocuting someone
Question by dbug10 | last reply
The latest DARPA challenge has just happened - 11 robotic cars driving round 60 miles of simulated urban highway with real humans driving in amongst them.Amazingly impressive - if you check the videos, the robots' road manners are better than most humans'!BBC News article & videos: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7078245.stmDARPA Challenge page: http://www.darpa.mil/grandchallenge/index.aspWinners: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/practical/2007/fall/victory.shtml and http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tartanrace/
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I recently obtained a traffic signal, and I'm interested in getting it to work via a standard US outlet. I want to also be able to turn on each light separately. There are 3 hot wires(1 for each light) and 1 neutral wire. I have very basic wiring skills, but I'm concerned about sharing(splitting) the neutral wire into three switches. Any thoughts or ideas on how to properly wire this? Thanks in advance. Just for your knowledge the lights are each rated at 116 w up to 130 volts.
Question by Caesarblue | last reply
What does a municipality do with old traffic lights? Why, they can make them into dinner plates! Recycled Glassworks makes plates from old traffic light covers from retired lights, often the ones replaced with the newfangled LED kind. Oddly, the green lights end up as blue plates... dunno if this is an artifact of the plate-making process or if the light behind is very yellow, necessitating a blue "green" light.But while that's probably their most dramatic product, there's another. Most glass recycling is limited to bottles and jars. The only thing to do with broken windows, or broken glass tabletops, or other glass of this kind, has been to throw it away. Recycled Glassworks accepts this kind of glass in addition to the traffic light kind. They cut it to size and kiln-bake it in a mold (a process called slumping) to produce extremely attractive bowls and plates.Way to go, Recycled Glassworks!
Topic by rachel | last reply
Iv had this funky traffic cone layn around and recently desided to put an old pair of mp3/pc, speakers in em (two small speakers, think pc fokes). everything was going fine and dandy untill i hit an artistic snag that i refused to look over. -SHOULD I LEAVE THE CONE ITS BRIGHT ORANGY CONE COLOR OR PAINT IT SOMTHING DIFFRENT. im leaning tword and idie urban lookn artsy fartsy sort of look, somthin you might see in ready made magazine, or urban outfiters -BUT WHAT DESIGN, COLOR, OR EVEN LOOK SHOULD I GO WITH OR SHOULD I LEAVE IT
Topic by Jumpin Jehosaphat | last reply
Several people have asked why I'd want to have a tutorial up for an item I'm selling on Etsy - the answer is simple! It's another way to drive traffic to the item you're selling while offering something nice to the community. :) While many people on this site would love to make the item themselves, there are also a large number of folks that don't have the time/materials/resources to make the project and are fine with buying it! I opened my Etsy store, making jiggy, in early September of last year. I've listed golden snitch necklaces, lego necklaces, fold over clutches, and some embroideries - many of which are instructables. I've sold a good amount of stuff on Etsy, especially the golden snitch necklaces - it's been much more successful than I had ever thought! As of writing this, I've got around 5,500 views on Etsy, and a little over 1,000 of them have come from Instructables. (edited update - as of right now I've got over 9,000 views and 1,800 of them are ibles!) That's the majority of views I've gotten from an external site! The rest of the views have come from Etsy search, my tumblr blog, stumbleupon, and random websites that have linked to it. I'd say if you have a successful project on Instructables, why not make a few extras and open an Etsy store? It could be a good way to get a start on Etsy. And if you've got an Etsy store you'd like to promote, why not post an awesome instructable showing us how you make an item from your shop? Just make sure to link to your Etsy store in the instructable's intro! I'm definitely going to keep turning my instructables into listings for my Etsy store and vice versa. It's been a great experience. :D
Topic by jessyratfink | last reply
I'm taking chemistry and in class our teacher showed us two reactions, one called the blue bottle and the other called the traffic light. these reactions are in equilibrium so the reactants are forming products and the products are forming reactants at the same rate, however after a certain period of time the reaction will finish. in the blue bottle experiment the mixture is a clear liquid with methylene blue as an indicator, when the mixture is agitated the mixture turns blue and after a period of time the mixture turns clear again. i thought this was a cool experiment and i think it would be cool if it was possible to create a mixture with methylene blue (or the others like the traffic light experiment have) that can be sealed off and will never complete or wont be having a true chemical reaction but will still have the desired effect.
Question by pmk222 | last reply
Recently I created a free online magazine called Meta Haven Magazine http://metahavenmagazine.comand my intention is to create a community of viewers/readers in which everyone is actively contributing additional magazine content, items, reviews, etc. which is undoubtedly being missed by myself but most importantly being missed by the audience. In return as an incentive if the submitted material is voted upon by the community as being good enough to add to the magazine then in return that person will get the chance to have a free post to promote themselves, their blog or whatever of their choosing. I've noticed since I've launched the contest bounce rates have gone up. Would you change the value of the contest or the contest itself? Thanks â€“ Meta Haven Magazine.
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Hello everyone! Recently I took a trip and flew with United Airlines, they have a really cool feature where one of the music channels that you can listen to through your headphones is actually the pilots talking with the control tower. It was really fun listening to them and I started to wonder how hard it would be to modify or build a radio (hopefully something portable) that could receive these transmissions so I could listen to them anytime. As I understand it most air traffic transmissions are on frequencies 108 - 136MHz. Are they different in Canada (where I live)? I would assume they are the same internationally... but what do I know. Thanks!
Question by liam2317 | last reply
I am apparently unable to upload images to my library, and I'bles Web pages also show an indefinite "loading" condition. This has been going on for several days now. It seems like there are some stupid "hidden embedded images" from traffic analysis firms that are hanging things up. I currently see "Waiting for pixel.quantserve.com..." on one tab (this one!), "Transferring data from beacon.scorecardresearch.com..." on another tab (my image upload attempt), and the nefarious "Waiting for ad.doubleclick.net..." on two others.
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
I was hoping someone from Chezh Republic could help me with this translation. What does "Mimo dopravní obsluhy" mean? There is a traffic sign over at my house in the Netherlands with the text on it and google translate doesn't help me much. Thanks a lot!
Question by TigerNod | last reply
Sometimes i press the button that shows where the traffic comes from and then press one of the sites but it only comes up with the main page of the site not the exact article where the traffic is coming from. i would like to know if some one has written an article about my instructable
Topic by bravoechonovember1 | last reply
So i have two broadband connections, from different isps. On one connection when i'm browsing the internet my ping goes up from 1ms to 700ms. (I've checked and rechecked a million times.) On the other one the ping always remains 1ms regardless of how many downloads are i have running. What exactly makes this difference?
Question by N.Khan | last reply
I would like to make a combination Stop/Slow sign with the use of LED lights to use for traffic control at traffic accidents at night where visibility is limited. I'm a volunteer firefighter and getting tired of having "close calls" because the person said they couldn't see me even though i'm wearing tons of reflective material. Thanks! :-)
Question by hrdcruser | last reply
Historians traditionally tell us that to ignore history is to repeat its pitfalls. So how can history help us improve the flow of car traffic? Did you know that many aspects of the world’s legal systems come from biblical origins using tried and true fundamental laws originating from the Ten Commandments? The concept of “watching your six” borrows from these universally accepted laws, whose credo stipulates guidelines for human interaction as well as interaction with god. Your "six" refers to the driver behind you whom you should treat as you would yourself. With this in mind, we have a new credo for today’s need to interact with each other by driving your car responsibly through high density traffic to avoid “wave congestion". This term is used to describe isolated packs of cars suddenly causing a local slow-down in traffic flow, while both upstream and downstream traffic continues to still move well, and so our rule states: “Drivers are responsible for the immediate driver behind them, keeping him safe and avoiding unnecessary braking” How This Rule Works In traffic: 1) The Rule is Expansive, All Inclusive and Saves Us Money If we followed this general rule, we would become responsible for leaving the proper space/time ahead of the car in front of us. Space clearly gives us reasonable reaction time to perhaps "brake by simply coasting" and not force the driver behind us to suddenly brake hard. It will help us to recognize that the proper spacing between cars is not an open invitation to dart between lanes just to get ahead by one car length. This causes “wave congestion” and the possibility of accidents during heavy traffic situations. It assures that braking is something one does as a "last resort" and only when no other circumstance for safety and/or avoiding a collision is available. It holds the “rubber-necker” responsible for maintaining good traffic flow or get ticketed. The rule encourages a driver to adapt the techniques of defensive driving so as to avoid accidents, and to embrace the proper social skills of driver etiquette to mitigate road rage and its associated erratic driving behavior. Ultimately, the rule will financially help us to reduce our car insurance costs by promoting fewer negligence accidents. 2) Eliminate Reactive Braking … Trust the Driver In Front of You Keep in mind what normally happens in heavy traffic when the first driver uses their brakes either in idle thoughtlessness or in protective response to traffic congestion ahead. Under these circumstances, we reactively use our brakes for two reasons: a) Reduced Reaction Time - The first car’s brake lights go on, giving us less time to react so we over compensate by braking harder than him. This affect gets compounded, causing each subsequent upstream driver to brake still harder, until the reactive braking time becomes impossible to respond to and a collision or multiple collisions occur. b) We Don’t Trust Other Drivers - We are conditioned not to trust our fellow drivers because they haven’t yet been educated to abide by our Rule. This lack of trust causes us to drive "overly" cautious and results in the over use of our brakes to defend ourselves. Our driving habits have created a psychological situation just waiting for an accident. 3) Implies Driving Etiquette that Must Become Required Driver’s Education The rule and its derivatives must be taught as part of our driver’s education program, and their concepts definitely reviewed during the licensing exam. The Rule also includes adherence to a driver’s code of etiquette which goes beyond just obeying our basic traffic laws of vehicle safety as is currently done. Highways are becoming too congested to allow rouge drivers to ignore their “social” driving responsibilities and the etiquette of the road. Traffic tickets for abusing social driving etiquette should be as prolific and costly as our traffic laws for speeding and/or not stopping at a stop sign, etc. 4) Compliments Our Near Term Use of Self-Controlled Vehicles Our Rule intrinsically implies the responsibility for social driving etiquette and takes us forward with steps that avoid future traffic congestion. Improvements will come from technological automation which will eventually take the erratic human factor out of our equation to produce the smooth flow of traffic even during congested periods. Something as simple as today’s cruise control helps us to avoid “wave congestion” by maintaining a constant highway speed plus reducing inadvertent “brake riding” which sends the wrong message to the driver behind us. Our ultimate step towards smooth traffic flow involves using near-term technology that completely eliminates drivers and relies on self-controlled vehicles taking over within regions of high density traffic. Ideally this will eliminate traffic accidents due to the unpredictability of driver shortcomings, making technological glitches our only possible area of concern in the near future. Google, in cooperation with the state of California, is currently in the process of introducing such vehicles onto the state’s roadways.
Topic by RT-101
I'm working on a line follower robot and it has to check traffic lights every estimated distance and a decision of whether to move or wait is to be taken upon the current state's light of an external traffic signal [ green to move..etc ] it has to be done without the help of a micro-controller i couldn't find a color sensor without the usage of MC. however i managed to find a only one color detector using an LDR and a LED with the given color. could this sensor help in my project ? moreover the robot will have to check two traffic signals at the same time and will move only if one of them is green [ if both are green it will have to stop ] should i connect Green1 & Green2 states of the two sensors to an XOR gate or there is a more appropriate way ?
Question by superdz | last reply