Tech-savvy crosswalk helps both drivers and pedestrians stay alert - Curbed

With pedestrian safety posing an ongoing challenge to cities around the world, a new solution from South Korea Korea places the onus for awareness on both drivers and walkers.

The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) has designed an experimental high-tech crosswalk that alerts drivers and pedestrians to each others’ presence.

The engineers use a thermal imaging camera to detect when a pedestrian is nearing a crosswalk. In response, it illuminates both sides of the crosswalk with LED lights that can be seen from 160 feet away, giving drivers a visual signal that someone is crossing the street. At 98 feet from the crosswalk, the driver get another warning in the form of a blinking electronic sign.

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