~~August 5, 2015~~
Google Doodle Celebrates 101st Anniversary of the First Electric Traffic Light
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 101st anniversary of the first ever electric traffic light, which was installed at the corner of 105th and Euclid in Cleveland, Ohio, relieving police officers of the unenviable task of standing in the middle of a busy intersection and directing traffic.
Previous solutions to the task of controlling traffic were labor intensive and fraught with hazards. While gas-lit traffic signals had appeared in England before the 1900s, they had a tendency to explode, according to Google. Another solution of “stop” and “move” signs still relied on human attendants.
While the introduction of the electric traffic light helped change the rules of the road, the first one only included red and green lights, forcing drivers to rely on their quick reflexes to stop on a red.
The jarring stops are displayed in the Google Doodle by Nate Swinehart, showing what life was like before the yellow light, which came along a few years later.
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The animated doodle shows cars with the letters spelling ‘G-O-O-G-L-E‘ halting at a red traffic light and then rushing past it as it turns green.
While it was an American policeman Lester Wire, in Utah, who first developed an electric traffic light in 1912 and used red-green lights, the American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio two years later on 5 August 1914.
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~101st Anniversary of the First Electric Traffic Signal System~
~Published on Aug 5, 2015~
Today, August 5th, 2015, the Search Engine Google is showing an animated Doodle for marking the 101st Anniversary of the First Electric Traffic Signal System.
The early twentieth-century intersection was a strange scene. While the world’s largest automobile manufacturer sold over 20,000 cars a month in 1914, horse-drawn wagons and carts still crowded the streets, and accidents became increasingly frequent. Intersections in major cities were congested, and traffic was directed by police officers who stood in the middle of chaotic highways waving their arms.
Gas-lit stoplights appeared in England before the turn of the century, but these had a tendency to explode, and mechanically operated signs that displayed the words “stop” and “move” still relied on traffic attendants.
The electric traffic signal was first installed in Cleveland, Ohio on August 5th, 1914.
Notice that it was having only Green and Red lights, there was no yellow light that time.
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