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South Korea deters smartphone ‘zombies’ with flickering lights

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 19, 2019 14:56

South Korea deters smartphone ‘zombies’ with flickering lights

A city in South Korea, which has the world’s highest smartphone penetration rate, has installed flickering lights and laser beams at a road crossing to warn “smartphone zombies” to look up and drivers to slow down, in the hope of preventing road deaths.

The designers of the system were prompted by a growing worry that pedestrians glued to their phones will drive up what is already some of the highest road fatality and injury rates among developed countries.

South Korea’s state-run Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) believes its system of flickering lights mounted on zebra crossings can effectively warn both pedestrians and drivers.

In addition to red, yellow and blue LED lights on the pavement, “Smombies,” coined name for smartphone zombies, will also be warned by laser beam projected from nearby power poles and an alert sent to the phones by an app.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 19, 2019 14:56