Throwing you a good parking party
Emel - the Portuguese company that manages street parking in Lisbon - decided to celebrate the best parking practices spotted in the main streets of the city. They created a celebration around drivers that parked and paid correctly for their parking space with cheer leaders, TV cameras, a music band, etc. The videos and photos can be seen on youtube and other online social networks.
Why it matters
More than ever consumers want to be acknowledged for their actions, behaviour and adherence to best practices. How can companies and organisations take note and reward customers that display positive behaviour in more innovative and memorable ways?
The Netherlands are developing safer highways by incorporating a glow-in-the-dark component to them.
The glow effect will be achieved with the help of a special photo luminescent powder able to charge in the daylight and then illuminate the road for up to 10 hours at night. The idea has already won the Best Future Concept prize at the Dutch Design Awards.
When the car detects the driver has become impaired, the ESA kicks in and automatically activates an autonomous driving mode. The system then turns on the hazard warning lights and starts maneuvering, while taking into account the traffic conditions in which it finds itself in. When it detects it has reached the outer edge of the road, the vehicle grinds to a halt.