Cities are experimenting with new in-ground stoplights to save people from their phones and cut down on accidents

As pedestrian fatalities rise in Australia, the Sydney government is installing “in-ground traffic light technology” to cut down accidents from texting while walking. This sort of idea is gaining traction in cities as the side effects of excessive texting expand beyond the ‘text neck.’

For $250,000, the sidewalk lights will be part of a trial to cut down Sydney’s road death toll. The German cities of Cologne and Ausburn have already implemented similar technologies, and signs are already up in Stockholm warning drivers of distracted pedestrians.

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