#384: Looklights

I once knew someone who, having made a lucrative deal in an oil town, celebrated by buying himself a 500 horsepower sportscar. He rarely drove it over 50MPH, however, explaining that people couldn’t recognise him in it if he went fast.

Today’s invention attempts to reintroduce personal recognisability into driving.


As each seat is occupied in a car, a small light would shine on its occupant’s face. This would enable travellers in a vehicle to be seen by other road users as individuals, (rather than as the anonymous contents of a car with a fixed personality given to it by some industrial designer).

This being seen would result, I believe, in more responsible road use…people would slow down and be less inclined to road rage if they were appearing in a public space, rather than hiding in the privacy of their own metal carapace.

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