Walking and texting is leading to a spate of collision-related injuries. Could a new app be the answer?I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but... probably not!
We've all done it.You're walking down the street and the familiar beep of an incoming text becomes too tempting to resist. As you start to fire off a quick reply - bam! You clash shoulders with a fellow pedestrian doing exactly the same.Nope. Never done it. Sorry, BBC.
"What we observed in our experiments is that in 60% of cases, people avoided obstacles in a safer way. That's up from 20% [without CrashAlert]," says CrashAlert's inventor Dr Juan David Hincapié-Ramos from the University of Manitoba.You could get it up to 100% if they just put down the bloody phone and looked where they were going!
Lord knows, London Underground would love it if they did:
Passengers on the London Underground have been warned to keep better hold of their smartphones after dropped devices have caused delays in service.
Anecdotal evidence from Tube drivers and staff suggests such incidents have been increasing since January.Why since January? Well, they've finally finished rolling out wi-fi in stations!
Someone needs to start up a business giving lessons in this stuff...
H/T: CJ Nerd via email