Does any 'oldie' remember hearing about or experiencing the 'talking roads' of the mid-forties...
in the mountainous areas of the western USA?
They were specially ridged areas of the pavement that directed one to drive over that area going a specific speed - and the road would 'talk' instructions or information about speed, curves, hills just ahead.
I do remember this on family vacations but my younger brother thinks I'm 'silly'.
Thank God for asking a question suited for oldies. I think it is a bit of a stretch to have a talking road, but musical roads exist.
Wikipedia: "A Musical road is a road, or part of a road, which when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body in the form of a musical tune.
Musical roads are known to exist in four countries: Denmark, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America."
There is a Honda Civic commercial that features a street of road like that.
You aren't "silly" - you are just futuristic....
rwelton, I found out about your 'musical roads' when I searched for information about the 'talking roads' - lots of information!
But I dern didn't find anything about those 'informative roads'- and I do remember standing
on the back seat floor listening to what the road would tell us about the next mountainous curve. My father would tell us when he saw a sign about the upcoming 'road speech' and have us listen to see how much we could understand.
Somebody else HAS to know this besides me. Help me find 'em!
And thank you for commenting too.
I just came across this question. I am not quite old enough to remember the mid-forties but would this be something like you were talking about?
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/talki … query/road
It shows a British film of the 60's where a car stops beside a tape recorder. The video itself is silent (!).
DreamerMeg, went to link, but that is not it.
The roads actually had grooves to say messages like 'slow' or '50 mph' or 'sharp curve'. Similar to grooves highways have along their edges to make noise to awaken sleepy drivers. Thanks for good try!
The grooves they have nowadays are often called "rumble strips". They are very useful to waken people up. I must see if I can find out any more about your talking roads - it's a very interesting concept.
There used to be one near Lancaster California that played the William Tell Overture at 55 mph.
I think they took it out because the neighbors complained,
I suppose they could get it to talk, if they can make music the same way.
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