Clearview Intelligence presented their innovative solar powered road stud earlier this month, the SolarLite 2. This device is designed to reduce road accidents that occur in the night, offering 10 times greater visibility than traditional ‘cat’s eyes’ for improved hazard warning and road guidance.
The SolarLite 2 does not rely on vehicle headlight efficiency to work well and instead uses solar powered high intensity LEDs, providing up to 900m of visibility of the road ahead. Such distance visibility gives drivers more time to react to road lay outs, allowing drivers to navigate roads at night with more confidence.
“With an average of five fatalities (and many more serious injuries) every day on UK roads, and a worrying 4% rise in the number of reported road deaths2,” says Nick Lanigan, managing director, Clear Intelligence, “we must seek innovative solutions to our road safety challenges. The SolarLite 2 uses our most innovative technology to help tackle the appalling accident rates on UK roads.”
SolarLite 2 was developed in partnership with Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd and AEV Ltd. This was as part of an initiative to relocate manufacturing to Britain and the result of a £4 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) government grant that was awarded in 2014.
“I’m a passionate believer in the contribution that our intelligent road stud technology can make to road safety. It was and still is a big part of why I invested in the company and I’m delighted to announce the launch of the SolarLite 2,” said Sir John Madejski, chairman of Clearview Intelligence. “Supported by the AMSCI grant, the SolarLite 2 is a British manufacturing success story, bringing together pioneering thinking and technological expertise to improve road safety.”
He added: “It’s rewarding to see the results of our labours come to fruition and we’re looking forward to seeing SolarLite 2 installed on the UK road network next year to help improve road safety and reduce accidents.”
Solarlite 2 will be available in Spring 2018.