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

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

source: Docomo (untranslated) via TheRegister



11. GeekMovement unregistered

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

12. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

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

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

rammed by a train not a bus !

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

No its a boat.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good safety mode.

4. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

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

6. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

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1. bananana

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 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~

2. in_core

Posts: 80; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

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