Petextrians have seen the light

February 24, 2018

n 2016, research from the UK’s Automobile Association found that close to 75 percent of British drivers “often” saw pedestrians step into the road while staring at their phones.


A British company has developed a crossing point designed to detect people and automatically alert cars.

The system uses cameras directed at the pavement to monitor pedestrians as they approach before strips are illuminated across the road to warn vehicles.


The lights — embedded in the road surface and running either side of the crossing — present a dashed amber formation to warn of approaching pedestrians and then a solid red line when they step on to the road.

The technology is designed to provide greater protection to people who step into the road without looking.


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