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Old May 31st, 2012, 04:07 PM   #421
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I think it takes the fun part of driving away, in addition to the fact that cars have automatic transmission there....
There's nothing fun about being lost on these narrow traffic-choked roads, trying to comprehend a roadsign written in another language while trying to find your destination. Even Japanese complain about the visual pollution that is on the average street here, making it hard to pick out roadsigns. Notice there's no billboards on the tollways though--by law.

Also...um, there are plenty of cars with manual transmission here in Japan... Not to mention every motorbike I've ridden here. In fact, most passenger busses are all MT too! Pretty strange for me to see a city bus driver rowing through gears stopping and starting in traffic... pretty inefficient if you ask me.

Of course with modern car tech like Hybrid and all-electric propulsion, the manual transmission will be obsolete in a few decades anyway.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 04:11 PM   #422
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The GPS can tell the color of the traffic light and how much space the car should leave in front of it.

Why can't the GPS just drive the car as well?
According to some of the developing tech I saw being showcased at the Tokyo Motor Salon earlier this year, it's coming. Certain models auto-park themselves and come with enough sensors to make an F117 pilot envious...
Then there's the fact that Japan has one of the largest ITS roadway networks in the world. Local traffic conditions are beamed about from roadside transponders and every NHK tower in the country. Google VICS and ORBIS
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Old June 7th, 2012, 01:39 AM   #423
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Some more Expressways from Japan...



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Old June 7th, 2012, 02:07 AM   #424
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Of course with modern car tech like Hybrid and all-electric propulsion, the manual transmission will be obsolete in a few decades anyway.
This will happen everywhere. I can't wait to see faces of most of the Europeans which conservatively prefer manual transmission over automatic.

I guess car companies will have to install fake gear changing devices in hybrid cars, just for the sake of having some stick in the middle
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Old June 7th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #425
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Some more Expressways from Japan...

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So nice road marking. So guys, how do you keep it so bright and clean all the time?
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Old June 7th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #426
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They must be brand new
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Old June 7th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #427
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So nice road marking. So guys, how do you keep it so bright and clean all the time?
It is Japan, everything is perfect , that is why.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #428
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Like Fukushima Daiiachi?

Nevertheless, beautiful, well kept roads. Thanks for posting!
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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #429
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So nice road marking. So guys, how do you keep it so bright and clean all the time?
This is clearly completely new road.
About first video, it does not look like standard expressway, it has strange layout at the exit at the end of the video.
And second video, what kind of vehicle is that? It hears like a scooter but apparently isn't.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #430
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I can't help to think Japan prioritizes safety over mobility. The roads certainly look impressive but I'd rather want to be able to overtake and get from A to B faster.
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This is clearly completely new road.
About first video, it does not look like standard expressway, it has strange layout at the exit at the end of the video.
And second video, what kind of vehicle is that? It hears like a scooter but apparently isn't.
Nearly 2/3 of japanese roads have clean bright road marking, so it's not just about new road

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It is Japan, everything is perfect , that is why.
But the question was - what kind of technology is that? Paint (and what kind of if it is), plastic (and what kind of) or something else?
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I don't know either but it must be from the future, for sure
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Old June 8th, 2012, 12:50 AM   #433
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In Japan, government keeps spending thing to make everything shiny and new. Although, the govt is often criticized for overspending for somethin unnecessary.

But, it is necessary to keep everyone on job esecially construction job. You'll be surprised that Japan frequently changing their public transport to the new armada. Much more frequent than any developed country in the world. The concept is to keep the money moving and everyone on job despite the economy saturation of being developed country.
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Some photos that i found on Flickr

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Traffic Signal with Four Arrow Signals by ykanazawa1999, on Flickr

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The Fourth Arrow Signal Is “Dig into the Ground!” by ykanazawa1999, on Flickr

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東京ゲートブリッジライトアップ点灯式 by ajpscs, on Flickr

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Shutoko No.10 Toyosu Entrance by ykanazawa1999, on Flickr

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Bran-new Surface of Shutoko K6 by ykanazawa1999, on Flickr

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the leading car by peaceful-jp-scenery, on Flickr

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Kanmon Roadway Tunnel by pokoroto, on Flickr

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Roads over Akasaka-mitsuke Intersection by ykanazawa1999, on Flickr

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TOKYO ROADS AKASAKA JULY 2007 by Brett Johnson Photography, on Flickr

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Old June 10th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #435
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This will happen everywhere. I can't wait to see faces of most of the Europeans which conservatively prefer manual transmission over automatic.

I guess car companies will have to install fake gear changing devices in hybrid cars, just for the sake of having some stick in the middle
this would be my face that moment
but i like the idea if the stick would actually have an effect on ur car...
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Old June 11th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #438
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Maybe it's a silly question, but what should you do if the traffic light is like at 0:50? (4 x green + 1 x red)
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Maybe it's a silly question, but what should you do if the traffic light is like at 0:50? (4 x green + 1 x red)
In that case, the red indicates that opposing traffic is stopped, thus proceed in the desired (legal) direction.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 10:41 AM   #440
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Maybe it's a silly question, but what should you do if the traffic light is like at 0:50? (4 x green + 1 x red)
  • Red lights mean no movements can be made.
    Green lights mean all movements can be made but watch for oncoming traffic when turning right.
    Arrows with a green light mean all movements can be made and opposing traffic is not coming.
    Arrows along with a red light lit mean literally "except THESE directions."
It confuses the hell outta me sometimes still even after 12 years of driving over here
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