By the Blouin News Technology staff

Sydney addresses distracted smartphone users

by in Personal Tech.

(Source: Maria Francesca Rinaldi/flickr)

(Source: Maria Francesca Rinaldi/flickr)

The Australian government has revealed that it will devote AU$250,000 to a project that will implement “ground-level semaphores,” or sidewalk-based traffic lights, to try to keep pedestrians who have their heads buried in their phones safer.

The semaphores will be tested in Sydney first; and the New South Wales state government will implement them at key crossings beginning in December to try to create safer street crossing environments, as more and more users prove unwilling to lift their eyes from their mobile device screens in order to pay attention to walk or traffic signals.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon told Mashable Australia: “Pedestrians are less protected in a road crash, and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured or killed. This is why we need to create a road system that keeps them safe, and this includes situations when they may not be paying attention.”…

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