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RoadWayve Uses LED Messages to Communicate with Other Drivers

Dave LeClair 29-05-2019

When it comes to communicating with fellow drivers, we’re generally limited to a few hand gestures, signal lights, and horns. Of course, some of these hand gestures are friendlier than others…


RoadWayve aims to change the way drivers communicate with one another through an LED light display and a connected remote/app that lets users send specific messages out to fellow drivers. This could really change the way we’re able to communicate with others on the road, as hand gestures and signal lights only provide so much information.

RoadWayve Features

RoadWayve is a pretty simple device in theory—it’s an LED sign that mounts in your car and allows you to send pre-written messages to fellow drivers. The 13-inch LED display will let other drivers read messages from up to 50-feet away at a viewing angle of 120-degrees.

The device supports Bluetooth, which means messages can be sent to the screen via its remote or through voice controls with the application. The remote has a bunch of the most common message on it, and it has large buttons that make it easy to press them without taking your eyes off the road. For the app, users can either press large buttons on their phone’s screen or use voice commands to send messages. The app can also be used to create and send out custom messages.

As far as battery life goes, the creators say they’re hoping to achieve three to four weeks of life under ideal conditions, so you shouldn’t need to unmount your display and charge it too frequently.

Another key thing to note is that the creators of RoadWayve promise that the device will work with either right or left side driving countries.


Some examples of the preprogrammed messages are as follows:

  • Thank you
  • I’m sorry
  • Let me merge
  • Go around me
  • Turn off high beams

This device could definitely be quite useful, especially for people in densely populated areas where they frequently need to work with other drivers.

RoadWayve Availability

RoadWayve is currently on Kickstarter, which means it’s not officially released yet. However, it has exceeded its funding goal, which means the creators will receive the funds and be able to deliver the product to backers. Anyone interested in backing the project and ordering a RoadWayve will need to put up $129 while the early special lasts. After that, the price jumps to $179.

The team behind the device plans to ship it in July 2020, which is a bit further away than we normally see for Kickstarter projects, but it’s better to let backers know that it will be a while for the final devices to release than to deceive them and be forced to delay the launch date later.

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  1. dragonmouth
    May 29, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Just what we need. Another gewgaw for the driver to be distracted with. Once autonomous cars take over, the humans can play at sending messages to each other. Until then it's a very bad idea.

  2. James Bruce
    May 29, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I hope there's no UK backers ... interacting with your phone like that while driving is illegal here.

    Realistically, the only thing this will enable is more road rage incidents.

  3. Fik of the borg
    May 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I hope it has voice recognition ... there are enough safety concerns regarding using the phone while driving.

    • Gilbert J.
      June 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      This wouldn't be too bad if it could be used without the driver fumbling with their phone or taking their eyes off the road to send a message, and if it were only used to send courteous messages. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that this is how it would work in practice.
      One of the suggested messages (mentioned in the video as well as the article) concerns me. "Let me merge" sounds peremptory, and is, to me, much less courteous than correctly using your turn signal to convey the same thing. It certainly wouldn't make me feel better about the merge-weasel who just jumped the line.