Smartphones are a force that requires a lot of our attention, constantly beeping with new messages, calls, and other smartphone notifications, some people cannot help but be stuck to their phone for pretty much the entirety of the day.
This causes a few problems, leaving us with less time to give our attention to others and even ourselves.
A town in The Netherlands has come up with an idea that they think might help grab some of that attention back to any smartphone wanderers that might be paying too much attention to their phones on the road.
They plan to do this with a set of lights that have installed at a pedestrian crossing within the town, designed to catch the eye of anyone looking down at their device, they will change colour to match the signal of the traffic in order to let the person know when things are safe, even when they aren’t looking up.
While this is a pretty cool way of doing things and will definitely get the attention of anyone not putting that attention into the correct place, it does have some disadvantages as well, as Jose de Jong of VVN, the Dutch Traffic Safety Association explained with the following statement:
“It’s not a good idea to help mobile phone users look at their phones, we don’t want people to use phones when they’re dealing with traffic, even when walking around.
“People must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals.”
And that’s a fair argument, putting faith into any one thing is not extremely smart for the present of for the future.
For now, it is only being tested on a trial basis at a single crossing that is close to three schools in the town of Bodegraven, from where they will see if such a project could be successful.
If it is, they hope to expand it to other towns in the future.