Apr 29, 2016: With the aim to help prevent smartphone users from road mishaps, the German city of Augsburg has installed LED traffic lights to crossing at varied points across the city. While other countries are planning to ban the practice of using smartphones on the road, this is an entirely innovative solution that deserves attention.
The in-road LED lighting allows the pedestrians to see how safe it is to walk without having to look up. While this may seem like an expensive way to assist the lazy people to raise their heads when looking to cross a road, it is a response born of misfortune. A young girl of 15 years died recently in a road mishap when she was looking to cross the road with her eyes glued on her phone and also she had also put on earphones.
LED traffic lights to help prevent smartphone users from road mishaps
Conventional lights are there for those not obsessed with their phones, however the city authorities expect that by installing low-power LED lighting in the roadways, they can aid in preventing road mishaps.
The city’s spokesperson Stephanie Lermen said that they have the extra LED lamps is installed on two crossings that are particularly frequented by the related target crowd. With the aim to assist younger crowd, likely to be smartphone addicts, to cross the road safely, LEDs are particularly installed near the local university, Lermen added.
Some people are doubtful with regards to the efficiency of such a move, however the city council is expecting that this move will bring positive results and help prevent tragedies in the future. Well, time will surely tell whether the move actually works or not.