Automaker Honda says it's found a clever new way to keep both drivers and pedestrians safe from each other’s constant smartphone use, and it’s, wait for it... another smartphone app.
“Ok,” you (probably) theoretically think to yourself. “So it’s like an app that shuts down their phones while driving?” No. “Well is it an app that charges them money for using their phone in the car?” Not quite (but we like your creativity).
The new app from Honda will use technology dubbed “Vehicle-To-Pedestrian” that incorporates a smartphone’s GPS and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC for those playing along at home), in order to warn driver's when a pedestrian steps out into the road. A light will flash on a drivers dashboard to tell the driver about the pedestrian while the walker will also get an alert for their smartphone.
Perhaps no one has broken the news to Honda that this app already exists and it’s called -- wait for it -- vision! One would think that common sense would dictate, “Hey, I should take my eyes off the phone and look at the intersection ahead because I'm driving a Hummer in a school zone and don’t need to tweet right now.” Right?
What Honda doesn't realize is that by the time the app lights your dashboard up, you’re about to hit a pedestrian. And by the time the pedestrian’s phone has buzzed to warn them, (you know, because there are cars in the street sometimes), the aforementioned pedestrian is probably bouncing off the hood of the car.
Are we being too harsh on this technology? Would you use this app on your phone? Let us know below!