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Japanese carrier Docomo prevents texting pedestrians from getting hurt with new "safety mode"

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Japanese carrier Docomo prevents texting pedestrians from getting hurt with new
Starting today, Japanese carrier Docomo is bringing an end to the practice of texting while walking. While not as publicized as much as texting while driving is, emergency rooms have a number of horror stories about distracted cellphone owners who weren't aware of their surroundings while they were walking, because they were texting. People have been hit by cars and in May 2012, a city in New Jersey banned the practice. A study that we told you about nearly a year ago said that texting pedestrians were 3.9 times more likely to disregard common safety guidelines.

Docomo's answer is to offer a "safety mode" which Android users have the option of activating. Those that choose to use the mode will see a message if they try to use their device while walking. The message reads, "Using your smartphone while walking is dangerous. The phone senses you are walking. Please stop." Tapping "close" on the warning message will give the user an extra 10 seconds of use, while pressing the power button will give the user 5 extra seconds before the device stops working.

The new mode can be set for three different degrees of sensitivity to determine if the user is walking: high, medium or low. The carrier is spending the big bucks to promote this in Japan using a cartoon image of a distracted cellphone user about to get rammed by a bus.

Docomo's Safety Mode stops texting while walking

Docomo's Safety Mode stops texting while walking


source: Docomo (untranslated) via TheRegister

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:22

1. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


wow, will be useful if u r running from a gunman and trying to call 911 when ur phone shuts u off like dat~

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:35 7

2. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Plz read and try to understand the article well before commenting. it says texting not calling.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:03

3. taikucing (unregistered)


Japan,,,

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:12 6

4. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


I believe that's a train, not a bus.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:24 2

6. devilfisch (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Exactly! I went to the comment section to say the same thing but you beat me to it. :P

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:13

10. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


subway

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:12

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2783; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good safety mode.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:07

7. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)


rammed by a train not a bus !

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:42

8. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


No its a boat.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:00

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2783; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Plane...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:14

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


It's a subway people lol. it's a popular transportation method in Japan.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:51

12. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


No, its a horse and buggy...... Why would you even need to state the above?

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