The municipality installed the “zombie traffic lights” Monday, aiming to minimize accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians at crosswalks.
Tomer Dror, head of the Traffic Management Division at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, says the aim is to reduce accidents caused by “pedestrians that are focused too much on the smartphone, and less on the traffic around them.”
Dror says the idea is to “put the road into their eyes.”
Similar systems have already been used in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.
For now, the pilot program is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv, but the municipality says it will expand the zombie lights if it proves effective.
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