Automotive grilles have become increasingly bold in recent years – from BMW’s highly controversial ‘nostrils’ to various grilles that are capable of lighting up.
What a grid has never done before is to display warning messages to pedestrians. Skoda has devised a way for animations to be displayed on the front to show various warning information.
While Skoda’s Enyaq iV Electric is usually equipped with an illuminated “Crystal Face” as part of a test, the firm has swapped this for a new body with an LED strip that can be configured to display various messages.
When the car approaches a crosswalk, it can alert those waiting to cross that it has “noticed” it. The grid may then display green arrows indicating that it is safe to cross. Once the car is ready to start, it can display a different red signal to show that the car is moving.
If the vehicle cannot stop, it may display a warning message such as “don’t cross”.
Skoda also worked on a robot called IPA2X that helps children, the elderly and the disabled to cross the road safely.
Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Urban Mobility Initiative, various companies contributed to the creation of a two-meter-tall robot that looks like a mobile traffic light.
The robot constantly monitors its surroundings and is capable of displaying green lights when pedestrians can safely cross. Its height means it can also see over parked cars.
Skoda continues to test the two technologies in Italy and the Czech Republic and will do so until 2024, with the hope that they could be launched in 2025.
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