The history of Ampelmann pedestrian crossing lights

It is impossible to imagine it today, but there was once road traffic without traffic lights. Around 1900 the traffic density and speed in towns and cities were already becoming dangerous – so a technical solution was sought. The first experiments with light signals failed dramatically.

The development of the East German Ampelmännchen

No other traffic light symbol in the world was as carefully developed, from both technical and psychological aspects, as the East German Ampelmännchen.

Behind the “cute” little Ampelmännchen there is much research and development work. The ultimate goal of the father of the Ampelmännchen was to create greater safety for pedestrians.