Tel Aviv installs ‘zombie lights’ to protect cellphone users


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tel Aviv is looking out for pedestrians looking down at their smartphones when they walk — and let’s face it, that’s a lot of us.

The municipality has installed “zombie lights” at a major intersection — the special LED lights are deployed on the sidewalk to alert pedestrians when they can and cannot walk.

If the pilot is successful, the city will expand the use of the warning lights to other intersections, The Associated Press reported. The goal is to protect the pedestrians from stepping into traffic.

Similar systems are already in use in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands, according to AP.

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