December 12, 2008 Speed-humps are an undeniably effective way to slow down traffic in areas where high-speed poses an increased risk, but you can often get more of a bump than you bargained for, and if you happen to drive a low-slung sportscar this can be bad news indeed. Here's an idea that solves the problem by ensuring low-speeds while minimizing the impact on the motor vehicle.

Designed by Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee, the retracting speed hump senses the force of impact and reacts accordingly. This means that they can be set-up to automatically flatten out if the vehicle is traveling below 30kmh but remain active if speed is above that level.

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The designers also see an environmental benefit to the use of the concept because it encourages motorists to maintain a low-speed throughout an area where speed-humps are in use, rather than speeding up in between and increasing exhaust emissions.

A terrific concept but like many before it, the likely barrier to its adoption is the cost of implementation.

Via Yanko Design.

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