Dutch Town Put Traffic Lights On The Ground Because People Are Staring At Their Phones
March 30th, 2017
As path-breaking mobile technologies are hitting the ground and advanced new social networking, game applications are turning on, more people are buying smart phones. This is leading us in addicting with our phones. Problem takes a serious turn when people staring at their phones while walking on road. Sometimes it could be a fatal accident.
A Dutch town Bodegraven in the Netherlands, has found a solution in an unusual way of trying to keep smartphone-addicted residents safe: Installing traffic lights in the pavement.
This town has put strip lights in the floor at a pedestrian crossing — meaning people who stare at their phones all day will see them, preventing them from wandering dangerously into traffic.
Strip lights in the floor seem to be on unusual location but designed to catch the eye of people looking down at their device, and change colour to match traffic signals.
They work just like ordinary traffic lights: Green means go, and Red means wait.
Who made it?
The lights are built by HIG Traffic Systems, a technology company based in the town and first it’s being used in a trial. Company hopes to sell them more widely to other towns and cities.
According to Business Insider, a spokesperson for the company said
“Smartphone use by pedestrians and cyclists is a major problem. Trams in The Hague regularly make an emergency stop because someone looks at their smartphone instead of traffic.”
However, technology proved controversial. “It’s not a good idea to help mobile phone users look at their phones,” Dutch Traffic Safety Association employee Jose de Jong reportedly said.
“We don’t want people to use phones when they’re dealing with traffic, even when walking around. People must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals.”
Young India generation is fast becoming addicts to the mobile games and social media. The lure of games and social media has come at the expense of attention to traffic.
This technology can help Indians. However The logical Indian does not support to use phones while dealing with traffic or when walking around. People must always look around them.