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Optical Illusion Tricks Iceland's Drivers Into Slowing Down

Andrew Moseman
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From Popular Mechanics

The authorities are done with asking you nicely to slow down. Now they're just going to trick you.

A town in Iceland painted this crosswalk illusion on its sidewalk to try to frighten drivers into paying attention and hitting the brakes. As cars approach, the paint makes it look like these road stripes are three-dimensional bars that would rip up the bottom of a vehicle. In fact, it's just a clever paint job.

This trickery is an idea that's making its way around the world. Last year the same kind of thing appeared in India. Someone on Twitter points out a decidedly different approach to the same concept in Vancouver: