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Smartphone-Linked Traffic Lights Signal Pedestrians with Vision Impairment

Traffic signals installed in locations across Japan now relay the color of the light and other information to pedestrians who are visually impaired through a smartphone app. Although audible traffic signals have been installed throughout Japan, most are disabled at night due to noise complaints. This new feature has been touted as a solution to the problem. The “pedestrian information and communication system” is added to already audible signals. Plans call for it to reach large cities over the coming months. Learn more
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innovation Smartphone-linked traffic lights in Japan’s Fukuoka