You can find an intersection with these test lights in the Dutch town of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, which sits about 25 miles south of Amsterdam. The street corners have "light lines" of LEDs implanted in the sidewalks that light up red or green to correspond with when it is safe and unsafe to cross the street. The thought here is that more and more "smartphone zombies" have their necks cranked down at their screens. By being so distracted by whatever the heck is happening on their phones, people can't pay enough attention to oncoming traffic.
The Netherlands is taking an interesting route to protect pedestrians—more specifically, smartphone-wielding pedestrians. One Dutch town is testing out strips of LED lights near an intersection so screen-starers will know when it's safe and unsafe to cross the street. Not everyone in the country is on board with this plan.
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