GPS Service ‘Hacks’ Traffic Lights For Slower Pedestrians

GPS Service ‘Hacks’ Traffic Lights For Slower Pedestrians
Technology

An app called Crosswalk communicates with traffic lights to give pedestrians more time

Matt Vitone
  • 8 august 2017

Crossing the street is something many of us have the luxury of doing without thinking much about it, but for the elderly or those with disabilities, crossing a busy intersection can be an intimidating and downright difficult ordeal.

Dutch technology company Dynniq has created an app called Crosswalk that communicates with traffic lights to give pedestrians more time to cross. The app uses GPS and special software installed inside traffic lights to detect when a pedestrian with the app on their phone is waiting at the crosswalk. The pedestrian can then control how much extra time they may need via the app, and the traffic light will adjust accordingly.

Dynniq is currently testing the technology with 10 senior citizens in Tilburg, a city with a population of about 250,000, at a few crosswalks in certain parts of town. The city is testing the technology as part of a 25-year plan to make its roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The current trial runs into the fall, and if all goes well the city will install the time-controlling software inside even more traffic lights.

Dynniq is also working a variant of the app for cyclists to reduce the number of times they need to start and stop at each intersection, as well as one for the visually impaired that would use audio cues to denote changes in the traffic signal.

Dynniq

Crossing the street is something many of us have the luxury of doing without thinking much about it, but for the elderly or those with disabilities, crossing a busy intersection can be an intimidating and downright difficult ordeal.

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