Especially around here, the driver in your family is sure to love this device, “a $300 dashboard device that changes traffic lights from red to green:”
The traffic light changer, called the MIRT for mobile infrared transmitter, emits a beam with a 1,500-foot range to a receiver installed at the intersection, which changes the light immediately, allowing an intersection to clear before a fire or rescue truck approaches.
Of course, they’re available on the Internet.
I can only imagine the kind of chaos this would cause in Silicon Valley: dueling MIRT-equipped SUVs at intersections, each insisting that IT has the right-of-way. Like sumo wrestling, only with cars!