Staring at a smartphone screen in a crowded place or worse, at a pedestrian crossing is a very bad habit. Better to get rid of it. To improve your security and keep your wallet thick.

Google introduces Heads Up to Android

It might seem like Google can’t do much about it. However, it turned out that he had an idea that seemed interesting. It’s about the Heads Up feature, which you could have heard about some time ago, but is only being introduced now. For now, for a limited group of users (mainly Google Pixel smartphones), this is likely to change over time.

What are we talking about here? The idea behind the headers function is very simple. It is to warn users against losing alertness while walking and focusing on the situation around them instead of focusing on the smartphone screen. However, this will not be enforced for all Android users, the function must be activated. Of course, only if you want to use it.

Zombies in smartphones are a serious problem

The term smart zombie did not come out of nowhere. People walking around town and staring at their mobile device’s screen may be distracting for some and pitiful others, but only for a short time. Lack of alertness in crowded places can, at worst, lead to tragedy. And it’s not about the smartphone getting stuck and smashing or even having a collision with another pedestrian.

There are more and more incidents blamed on smartphones and their irresponsible and reckless users. The Let’s Be Safe Together campaign aims to raise awareness of the great danger involved in, among other things, through the Warsaw Trams. One of the editions was held under the slogan “Put Your Smartphone Away and Live” with the Smartphone Zombies.

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A fine for using a smartphone at a pedestrian crossing

Google, using the Heads Up function, can just try to create proper habits, but this is the right moment to remind you that we are nearing the next amendment of road traffic regulations – specifically the Road Traffic Act.

In the middle of the year, regulations come into effect, which will take into account the situations discussed here. Using a smartphone while crossing a road or path will result in a fine. It will be classified as a misdemeanor.

Source: Warsaw Trams, Twitter -jay__kamat

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