Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Augsburg, Germany Installs Traffic Lights In Sidewalks
"German engineering" is pretty much a cliché, but the German city of Augsburg has engineered a way to accommodate people who like to walk and look at their smartphones at the same time, while seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. The city has installed traffic lights in its sidewalks, so that smartphone addicts don't have to look up. I first read this story at IndiaTimes, because it had been put on Twitter, but after a bit of Googling, found some corroboration at The Washington Post and the Daily Mail. The earliest publication, however, appears to be at TheLocal(dot)DE - a source from Germany.