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Solar lights the way

Superior distance visibility allows drivers additional reaction time to respond to road layouts ahead

SolarLite 2 provides improved guidance and hazard warning to drivers in the dark
SolarLite 2 provides improved guidance and hazard warning to drivers in the dark

Clearview Intelligence has introduced a solar-powered road stud which offers greater visibility of the road ahead than traditional ‘cat’s eyes’.


According to the highway technology firm, its new SolarLite 2 intelligent road stud provides up to 900m of visibility of the road ahead offering improved guidance and hazard warning to drivers during the hours of darkness, even in poor weather conditions.


The company said using superior solar powered high intensity LEDs means, unlike conventional reflective road studs, they do not rely on vehicle headlight efficiency to perform effectively.


SolarLite 2 is being unveiled at Highways UK (8-9 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham).


Use of SolarLite intelligent solar powered road studs has been shown to reduce erratic driving behaviour and smooth braking along winding roads, according to the Transport Research Laboratory.


The extra distance visibility allows drivers additional reaction time to respond to road layouts ahead, helping road users to feel safer and more confident to travel at night. At a vehicle speed of 100km/h (62mph) this can increase the time a driver has to react from 3.2 seconds to over 30 seconds, Clearview claims.


“With an average of five fatalities (and many more serious injuries) every day on UK roads, and a worrying 4 per cent rise in the number of reported road deaths, we must seek innovative solutions to our road safety challenges,” said Nick Lanigan, managing director, Clearview Intelligence.


“The SolarLite 2 uses our most innovative technology to help tackle the appalling accident rates on UK roads.”


SolarLite 2 is the result of a £4m Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) government grant awarded in 2014. The Oxfordshire-based company has developed SolarLite 2 in partnership with two other British businesses: Zeta Specialist Lighting and AEV.


“Supported by the AMSCI grant, the SolarLite 2 is a British manufacturing success story, bringing together pioneering thinking and technological expertise to improve road safety and enabling SMEs such as Clearview Intelligence and our partners to operate at the leading edge of the highways industry and drive innovation in UK road infrastructure development,” added Sir John Madejski, chairman of Clearview Intelligence.


“It’s rewarding to see the results of our labours come to fruition and we’re looking forward to seeing SolarLite 2 installed on the UK road network next year to help improve road safety and reduce accidents.”


SolarLite 2 will be available in Spring 2018 in a full range of colour options for all road and path delineation uses, including white, amber, red, blue and green.


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