In an effort to assist its quickly ageing inhabitants be safer within the streets, Japan is planning to improve 1000’s of pedestrian crossing lights in order that they’ll talk with smartphones.
The “good” crossing gentle can let a visually impaired pedestrian know whether or not it has turned purple, yellow or inexperienced through their smartphone, each with an acoustic alert in addition to with vibration.
Police wish to improve 2,000 lights at the beginning of the brand new fiscal yr, in April, the enterprise newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun says.
In Japan, there are already about 24,000 crossing lights that make a loud sound once they flip inexperienced, however usually the acoustic cue is switched off at night time and early within the morning, experiences the paper.
It was throughout this time, nonetheless, when accidents, typically deadly, involving visually impaired individuals have repeatedly been reported.
The brand new system, which went by an preliminary take a look at part in three prefectures at 74 areas, ought to assist enhance the state of affairs. – dpa