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A japanese city wants to ban the use of smartphones while walking

This is a scene that has become habitual throughout the world: pedestrians glued to the screen of their smartphones, ending by bumping or worse, lead to accidents. A japanese town hopes to remedy by prohibiting the use of a phone while walking. A text was submitted Monday to the city council of the city of Yamato, near Yokohama (southwest of Tokyo). A decision is expected by the end of June.

If this measure is adopted "this will be the first prohibition of this kind in Japan," says AFP Masaaki Yasumi, a member of the local administration. In this city of the great suburbs of Tokyo is densely populated, "the number of people using smartphones has exploded, and with it the number of accidents", said Mr. Yasumi. "This is what we want to avoid".

The future regulation does, however, provides no sanctions against those who would be unable to leave their screens eyes. The authorities, instead relying on information campaigns to enforce the ban. "We hope that the ban will lead each to become aware of the dangers," explains Mr. Yasumi.

In 2014, a study conducted by the mobile operator in japan NTT DoComo was estimated that the field of view of a pedestrian looking at his screen was reduced by 95% compared to a normal view. The group had carried out a computer simulation to see what would happen if 1,500 people crossing the famous intersection always crowded Shibuya, the heart of Tokyo, while looking at their smartphones.

The results showed that two-thirds of these pedestrians would not have been able to go through without a hitch, with 446 collisions, 103 people knocked out and... 21 phones broken. The number of accidents involving people using their smartphone while riding a bicycle is also increasing in Japan.

47 commentairesanonymele 01/06/2020 19:48

20 years ahead of us... but the future has not that good !

MARCEL PEQUENOTle 01/06/2020 19:46

Good measure, it's maddening to see all these morons in the nose glued to their phone and not watching anything around them.

Florestan68le 01/06/2020 19:45

Here which would allow to reconstruct the social link. If one wanders in the streets, it is also to cross a glance, which allows us to exist. Before the surge of the laptop, the phone booth could say, "inch, I withdrew for a moment a place of life and dating". Today, each is in its own bubble. The city has become the meeting place of the zombies.

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