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Traffic Signs
Traffic Signs  
Dear John

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_sign

Is it possible to convert the existing Traffic signs into electronic traffic signs so that Automobiles viz cars, trucks, buses, jeeps can play the Traffic sign within their built in internal speaker at a distance ?.

For example :

The transmitter / sensor in Electronic Traffic sign boards will pass the Radio frequency signals and this will be detected by the automobile receiver electronics at a distance. The receiver sensor within the automobile will pay the respective sound files example : "Zebra crossing ahead", "Go Slow, School Ahead", "Drive slow, Dangerous curve ahead" etc


If the cost could be the factor in implementing all electronic traffic sign boards, then locating the Strategic Electronic Traffic Sign Boards on the road could be useful.

The Automobile can have a New feature integrated "Automatic Detection of Traffic Sign Boards by playing Sound files to the Driver".

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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This is feasible, technically, I think, because an algorithm for reading these signs would be less complex then what is used to do facial recognition.  I'm curious who'd pay for development but the bigger questions might be Does the effort need a standard (yes, I think) and who would be generating the consensus between municipalities, automobile vendors (or embedded enthusiasts since they could develop and add-on box.  (This would mean he box isn't limited to only use within land-based motor vehicles.  The technology could be deployed on waterways, too.)

Given that there's been an interest in autopiloted vehicles (and an annual competition sponsored by DARPA) something like this just might become a "need".

I hope you'll keep me up-to-date.

- John

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Linux, Windows, Open/Free BSD, OSX. Embedded MMU-less (firmware) devt.

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Securing systems since 1982. Tip: Switching from a system that is (statistically) more prevalent to one that is less prevalent will help.

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Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Auxiliary), ACM

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Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option) Digital Forensics Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Secure Software, Texas Engineering Extension Network Security, Texas Engineering Extension Infosec Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Information Assurance Awareness, Department of Defense Information Systems Security, United States Coast Guard Online safety for parents and children, Fort Collins Police Department Spear Phishing, Defense Information Security Agency, DISA Spear Phishing, United States Coast Guard, USCG Meeting the Media, Testifying, Presentations, Arch Lustberg FEMA (ICS-100, -200, -210, -700, 800) United States Coast Guard Defense Information Systems Agency United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Crosby Quality Workgroup Facilitator Trainer Crosby Quality Education System Wisconsin University

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