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Australian traffic signs getting e-inked

e-ink traffic signs in Sydney

Thought traffic signs couldn't get any more advanced? Well, you only have to cast your eyes over to Sydney, Australia, location of the world's first e-ink traffic signs, to see that they most certainly can.

Developed with the help of a company called Visionect, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) installed the electronic paper-enabled signs to cut down on the annoying and time-consuming act of physically replacing them on a regular basis.

Just like on a Kindle, the e-ink in these traffic signs can be read clearly in broad daylight (a necessity in sunny Australia), with a light used to display information at night.

Wirelessly connected (via 3G technology) to a unique Internet of Things ecosystem, the signs can be remotely updated to keep drivers in the loop with changed traffic conditions as soon as they occur.

They're also solar-powered and extremely energy-efficient, so commuters (and the RMS) won't have to worry about the signs breaking down or displaying old information.

Stephen Lambrechts

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, and consuming all forms of media at the highest quality possible. He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases or boutique Blu-ray labels.