How cities adapt to ‘smartphone zombies’ to keep safe


Hoe steden zich aanpassen om ‘smartphone zombies’ veilig te houden

‘Smartphone zombies’ look even if they are running in traffic take down. Since the banning of smartphonegebruik during the walk a step to far, try cities to adapt with different experiments.

Smartphone zombies: how cities adapt

When it comes to road safety, and smartphones, are usually first time car drivers and cyclists called. By derivation, these participants in the movement not only a danger to themselves, but also for others. As from 1 July 2019 not allowed to cycle your smartphone. Not even, for example, Google Maps to keep an eye on.

But also for hikers, there is need attention. Walk with a smartphone according to several scientific studies, namely, best dangerous. We are walking with our smartphone in different ways derived, react poorly to sudden events around us and walk even weird.

The banning of smartphonegebruik during the walk, however, goes much too far. Therefore, is there also another way this problem was considered: how can the world be adapted to smartphone users to keep safe?

In the Netherlands: the light

In Bodegraven-Reeuwijk is a company HIG in 2017 in a pilot project started with a light line at the traffic lights. This line is on a busy intersection placed and color at the same time with the traffic lights red and green.

This is it for pedestrians to their smartphone, staring easy to see, or they should stop to walk, and when they return to further. In this case, is, therefore, a company that cleverly responds to this modern problem and this light offers to the municipalities.

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Inspired by Germany

The light of HIG is based on a similar experiment in Germany. Instead of a light, was in Augsburg, uses more natural processed loose bulbs in the ground. This was done on a press oversteekpunt, where, among other trams.

A nineteen-year-old man was severely injured when he there with his eyes focused on his smartphone against a tram ran. In other towns in Germany are similar incidents of the fatal past.

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A private footpath

But it can also be less high tech. So has the Chinese city of Xi’an, a special footpath for people who use a smartphone. On the hundred-meter-long sidewalk are clearly smartphones shown. Pedestrians to their smartphone staring, and possibly a little slower walking than the rest, have to walk. The rest runs on the normal footpath next to it.

The Paper spoke to local residents. So said Hu Shuya against the news website: “This reassures us, for it is a form of protection.”

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Alerts via smartphone

An interesting study from June 2018 has looked at a possibility to not see the world around us, but the smartphone itself to use the traffic to make it safer.

At the University of Iowa researchers have come up with a way to loud sounds, to smartphones, to send as a warning. The study showed that the warnings reasonably effective to make people alert. However it appears that people who have the types were not stopped on the road.

There is, therefore, more research is needed to see how this information is best communicated through smartphones. A question in such research is also not comes to the fore, is how quickly we become accustomed to such warnings, making them easier to ignore.

In practice: Watch Out!

In the same category is in Munich, the app Watch Out! designed, to help children and teens with a message to send at busy places. In this case, the smartphone users not only a message, but the full activity of the unit is blocked. Because of this need to the attention of the screen to the movement.

The Android app is, however, removed and the iOS app since the 2015 no longer updated. This experiment is therefore not pursued further.

The future of the pavement

The future for smartphone zombies is thus likely the world itself. The examples above are mainly ideas and experiments. If, however, Shaun Helman, chief transportation scientist from the Transport Research Laboratory, is adjusting the streets safer than dissuade people to use their smartphone. We can no longer trust that people look straight ahead, while the world around us as designed.

Opposite The Telegraph sets Helman: “If we want to provide information to people who are dependent on what they are watching, then it is essential that this information to places where important decisions are made.”

It is worth the effort, because according to a study by DEKRA in six European capital cities found that over ten percent of the pedestrians with a smartphone is busy during the crossing.

Only you well as you use your smartphone? That applies not only for sending text messages or reading social media, but also, for example, if you have a walking route through your smart phone looking for.

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