Malmö installs artificial potholes to stop speeding motorists ⋆

Malmö installs artificial potholes to stop speeding motorists



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After the big success of the artificial potholes at the Øresund Bridge that connects Malmö and Copenhagen, Malmö Municipality decided to install more of them in the streets to stop speeding motorists.

As seen in Sydsvenskan video at the end of this article, the pothole will be covered with a metal cover which will fall 6 centimeters when a speeding vehicle approaches at a higher speed than the speed limit in the street, which may cause damage to the vehicle, or at least shake who’s inside it, and this in itself is liable to stop most drivers from breaking the speed limit.

Hussein Ashouri, a Malmö city engineer, said they will begin installing these artificial potholes near schools as a first stage, and will assess it’s effectiveness, and then other potholes can be installed in other streets.

David Eskilsson, CEO of Actidump, the company that invented the artificial pothole, said it has many benefits, because it forces drivers to abide by the speed limit without hindrance of any kind, if the driver is abiding by the street’s speed limit, then the metal cover will not fall and the driver will not notice any difference, unlike the industrial bump that forces all drivers, even those abiding by the speed limit, to reduce their speed before the speed bump, which led to many complaints from ambulance, fire truck and public transportation drivers.

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