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The Smart Pedestrian Crossing

Posted in General News on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A new type of technically advanced pedestrian crossing which has the ability to respond to situations in ‘real time’ has been showcased in London. The crossing uses cameras to detect what is happening on the road, and depending on what the cameras see, an appropriately sized LED crossing appears on the road in front of the pedestrians who wish to cross. In the event that someone walks off the pavement unexpectedly a thick red line appears on the road instantly to warn drivers that they need to stop. On top of this, the ‘smart crossing’ is able to provide extra warnings to cyclists in the situations where pedestrians may be hidden from view by tall vehicles.

The main purpose of this innovative crossing is to lower the risk caused by distracted pedestrians who are not paying full attention to the road. Figures supplied by the Transport Research Laboratory suggest that an average of 20 potentially dangerous incidents occur at pedestrian crossings around the UK every day. It was this statistic that encouraged the technology firm, Umbrelleum to work on updating the traditional pedestrian crossing. Umbrelleum Co-Founder, Usman Haque commented: “This is a genuine problem and we've developed a genuine solution. The Smarter Crossing dynamically responds in real-time using technology which has been designed with colours that we know and understand and practical designs that help those on the crossing feel comfortable, confident and safe.”

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