Tel Aviv deploys zombie lights for mobile-obsessed walkers

The pilot program is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv for now, but may be expanded if the zombie lights prove effective. (AFP)
Updated 14 March 2019
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Tel Aviv deploys zombie lights for mobile-obsessed walkers

  • The aim is to reduce accidents caused by ‘pedestrians that are focused too much on the smartphone, and less on the traffic around them’
  • The pilot program is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv for now

TEL AVIV: Tel Aviv has taken its first steps toward assisting pedestrians distracted by their smartphones by embedding LED stoplights at crosswalks.
The municipality installed the “zombie traffic lights” Monday aiming to minimize accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians at crosswalks.
Tomer Dror, head of 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.


Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

Updated 32 min 48 sec ago
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Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

  • Social media was quick to pounce on the image
  • Politician's team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future

PESHAWAR: It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers.
A regional minister was giving a briefing that was live-streamed on social media last week when viewers noticed officials appeared as cats. Someone had left a cat filter on.
Social media was quick to pounce on the image.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the ruling party’s social media team wrote after investigating it determined “human error” by a hard working volunteer caused the mistake. The team said the cat filter was removed “within a few minutes.”
The team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future.