More importantly, it’s flexible. It can extend green lights if there are large groups of pedestrians, and stick to red if people change their mind before the lights are ready. And yes, the team is aware of potential privacy issues. The imagery never leaves the camera, and it relies solely on geometric information to gauge intent. It couldn’t recognize individuals even if it was fully connected
This isn’t just a research project. The company Günther Pincher is rolling out the first such lights in the Vienna area, and intends to replace the button system in “selected locations” by the end of 2020. It could be a long time before they reach your part of the world, but there could come a day when you simply have to approach the curb to make the lights turn in your favor.