By on September 20, 2010

Discovered by Discover Magazine, this “speed bump” in a Vancouver BC parking garage is the creepiest application of the “trompe-l’œil speedbump” technology to date. Apparently,

the girl’s elongated form appears to rise from the ground as cars approach, reaching 3D realism at around 100 feet, and then returning to 2D distortion once cars pass that ideal viewing distance. Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street’s recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty–acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her.

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22 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Modern Speedbump Edition...”

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    I didn’t know Sketchers made those big soled shoes in kiddie sizes.

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    I can see a lot of people freaking out and swerving hitting a tree because of this speed bump.

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    After a while, people won’t bother stopping for real people, as they will just assume that they are only “speed bumps”. It’s like crying wolf in a way. Not a good idea.

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    God help the next real kid who crosses in front of a driver who just assumes it’s another 3D painting on the pavement…

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    Is this designed to condition drivers to ignore children? Because that is what “crying wolf” too often will do.

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    Is this designed to condition drivers to ignore children? Because that is what “crying wolf” too often with optical illusions will do.

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    I was thinking that it would be odd for a girl to be chasing a ball in a parking garage…

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    Dumb idea. It will work once. Then on subsequent visitis, they speed through the illusion.
    A real speed bump works every time.
    Also, what happens in a few months when the kid gets covered with tire tracks, melted snow, and grime?

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    setting up a false alarm is a very bad idea for reasons given by commenters above.

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    Talk about life imitating art – the future has become reality:

    There will be soon be iphone apps telling drivers where to find all of these so they can go on a speedbump scavenger hunt (“I just left a skidmark on the pink skateboard!”).

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    Talk about life imitating art:

    There will soon be iphone apps showing where all of these are at so people can go on a virtual speed bump scavenger hunt (“Hey, i just left a skid mark on the pink skateboard!”).

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    See the move Death Race 2000.

    Soon we will have iphone apps showing the location of all of these virtual speedbumps so bored tweeners can go on scavenger hunts finding these things.

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    That ball wouldn’t have gotten away from her in the first place if it had been round.

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    I believe this is an initiative of our misguided state run auto insurance company ICBC, and intended for use in school zones. Here in BC you are required to use them for at least your basic auto insurance, an odious leftover from a socialist government back in the 70s. They are widely known for thier arbitrary and high handed approach to claims settlement, and a bueracracy that would do the USSR proud. How would you like to have to make a claim on your policy that while driving down a street you swerved to avoid a child and rear ended a school bus? Then it develops that the accident was caused by an ICBC owned apparition paid for by your insurance premiums? Sheer brilliance.

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    So what happens when everyone is used to these and then there really is a little girl running through the parking garage…

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    They laid this out on the floor of the parking garage to photograph before they installed it in a school zone on 22nd Street in West Vancouver BC.  I think it was to be a one-week pilot project.  That was about three weeks ago, and I went and looked at it.  Not sure if it’s now been removed after the test period.
    It didn’t look realistic enough that anyone would be likely to get startled by it and hit the brakes or veer into other traffic.  I think the cost was something like $14,000… so I’m sure it’s expensive enough that they won’t be repeating this foolishness too many places anytime soon.  However, in the name of “safety for our children”, emotion rules and common sense rarely prevails.

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    This will do sweet diddly-squat. Most Vancouver drivers are barely aware they’re behind the wheel of a car, let alone anything beyond the bonnet. No offence, but having driven in many different cities all around the world, the 2 years I’ve spent driving in Vancouver are by far and away the most terrifying.

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    Fading little girl in gravity boots playing with pink inflatable surfboard in parking structure. Kids these days.

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    Poor girl – flattened by the fastest steamroller in the world.
    Probably the same one as driven by the Joker, when he turned Batman and Robin into Flatman and Ribbon…
    Glad to see that the fellow that makes all of that “sidewalk art” featured in e-mails has finally found gainful employment – not to last, though, when bright cones placed in school zones during hours (but removed when school is out) would do a better job, as drivers notice changes in the road, even the one they take every day. This thing would become inured in driver’s minds, and lose its effect (as mentioned by the B&B previously)

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    Two words:
    Punch it.

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