By Herlyn Kaur
A “smart” speed limiting device that tracks your speed and engages if you are driving too fast, installed at Curtin University. (Supplied: Edeva)
A new “smart” speedbump technology that uses radar to track a car’s speed and creates a dip in the road if it is travelling too fast is being trialled for the first time in Australia.
Perth’s Curtin University is the first location to implement this new model of speed control technology in Australia.
The “Actibumps” system, developed by Swedish company Edeva, works through radars which detect speeding vehicles and then activate a hatch on the road which lowers into the ground, creating an inverted speed bump to slow the car down.
This means anyone not speeding drives over flat road, rewarding safe drivers with a smooth ride.
Curtin University director of operations and maintenance Graham Arndt said about 70 per cent of vehicles on campus were going over speed limits, forcing the university to take action.
“We chose the Actibump because it only affects drivers that are speeding and because the system is so flexible,” he said.
“We can set a speed limit and other variables via software, which increases flexibility and the system is also programmable for other applications.”
Fears of car damage
While the new technology ensures a smooth ride, its introduction has been anything but, with students raising concerns the speedbumps will damage their cars.
Dynamic speed bumps are designed to engage when they detect a speeding car. (Supplied: Curtin University)
Health sciences student Savannah Franklin questioned the need for the university to invest in the inverted speed bumps, claiming they were no more effective than traditional speed bumps.
“I think they’re a very innovative addition, but I honestly don’t think they’re any more effective than traditional speed bumps,” she said.
“Apart from making them drop a few times from speeds slightly over the limit, I haven’t had any other issues.”
Ms Franklin was concerned about the possible damage Actibumps could cause.
“I suppose I’m concerned about the damage that they could cause to the underside of cars that sit low to the ground, however, if people don’t speed then that issue is irrelevant,” she said.
Inventor of Actibump and general manager at Edeva, David Eskilsson said the system collected data for every passing vehicle, and the results were already showing a decrease in the number of speeding cars.
The company claims Actibumps have already successfully improved traffic conditions throughout Sweden.