Having never been to the UK, I can’t speak on London’s crosswalk conditions; but if they’re anything like here in the US, London’s new smart cross system could turn out to be quite helpful. London’s mayor recently announced that the city will be installing a smart crosswalk system that utilizes cameras to detect when groups of pedestrians are piling up at an intersection and will change the signals to give the group enough time to cross safely.
Alternatively, the city also hopes that the system will eventually be upgraded to notice when there’s only a couple of people crossing and will change the signals more quickly after detecting that all the pedestrians have made their way safely across the street.
It’ll take some time to discover whether or not the system works. London will have to at least wait a year to notice if crosswalk pedestrian accidents lower as a result of the new smart crosswalk system. The hope is that it does so while speeding up both vehicular and foot traffic. If it works practically as it should theoretically, you can expect to see it start cropping up in countries all across the world rather quickly.
Do you think this new system will prove helpful or is it a waste of time?
Source – Engadget
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