Feb 20, 2017: Several new LED applications are emerging which were never expected before. Now LEDs are being used to alert inattentive smartphone users when it is safe to cross the road. So cellphone users rejoice, now you would not require to stop using your phone even when you are crossing the road.
Recently, the Dutch municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk is experimenting with a new system of traffic lights which will embed a thin strip of LEDs on the pavement before busy road crossings, to alert inattentive cellphone users whether it is safe to cross the road. The Netherland project is called “+ Light Line”, and is being implemented by the Dutch company HIG Traffic Systems.
Today, people are always glued to their smartphone, even at the cost of paying attention to traffic. The Dutch government believes that since it cannot reverse this trend, it will at least bring in a smart system which will take care of this system.
“The lure of social media, games, WhatsApp and music is great, and it comes at the expense of paying attention to traffic,” town alderman Kees Oskam said in a statement. “As a government, we probably can’t reverse this trend, but we can anticipate problems.”
The smart LED system
In this system, the traffic lights change from red to green when it is safe to cross the road. The light blinks alongside the main signals as the lights are about to turn.
Officials said that the idea is that people on their cellphones will stare towards their feet when they are looking at their phones. So it is more likely that they will still be able to see the traffic light in their immediate peripheral vision.
The test LED strips are installed at an intersection where there are several schools, but HIG wants to implement it at other places also if the scheme proves to be a success.
The project has, however, attracted criticism from Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN), a group that advocates for road safety in the Netherlands. The group believes that this would amount to rewarding a bad behavior.