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(Sebastian Scheiner/AP)
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The walking dead, AKA smartphone obsessed pedestrians, in Tel Aviv are being protected by zombie lights. The striped lights turn green when it is safe to walk and red when pedestrians should halt. No need to look up anymore. Not that they do anyway.

A city in Israel has taken a small step towards protecting the lives of “smartphone zombies”.

Special LED pavement zombie lights have been installed at a busy crossing in Tel Aviv. They alert distracted pedestrians staring at their phones to when they can walk and when they should stop.

Tomer Dror, head of the traffic management division in the area, said the “zombie lights” aim to minimise accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians at crossings.

“We cannot force them to take their eyes out of the smartphone and into the road. We need to find ways to put the road into their eyes,” he said.

zombie lights at a crossing in Tel Aviv
An Israeli woman walks past embedded LED lights at a crossing in Tel Aviv (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

For now, the pilot programme is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv. But the municipality said it will expand the zombie lights if they prove effective.

Similar systems have already been used in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.

So far, smartphone-addicted residents seem to be welcoming the lights.

“In my opinion, it’s something amazing,” said Tel Aviv resident Shai Levi. “As someone who is addicted to his phone I think that it can reduce the number of accidents.”

Haley Danino, another pedestrian, also called it a good idea that will save lives.

“But it’s a bit sad, no?” she said. “We all look down all the time.”

Hit the nail on the head there Haley.

It’s not a bad idea. And we definitely need zombie lights in the UK.

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  1. Can we line the ENTIRE ROAD in these? I cycle in London, and at least once a day someone just walks straight into the road in front of me. I’m considering getting a loudspeaker to play engine noises – what would be best, motorcycle GP or Harley Davidson?

    With the arrival of more electric cars and trucks, though, one day it’ll just be a Darwinian race..


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