Australia Sydney intersection now contactless to prevent transmission of COVID-19

Australia Sydney

The contactless crossings are being installed at an intersection in Burwood, in Sydney’s inner west, from Monday.

The crossings will be on 24/7 for a three-month trial and eliminate the need to press the big silver button.

The sensor, which is not automated, will give off a red light until it has been activated by a pedestrian waiting to cross the road.

Pedestrians can do this simply by waving their hand across the front of the button.

Although pedestrians are encouraged to use the contactless sensor, the button will operate as normal for people who choose to use it.

Transport for NSW automated more than 200 pedestrian crossings, mostly in Sydney’s CBD, during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent people from continuously touching the button.

“We’ve seen automated pedestrian signals switched on in the Sydney CBD and at major health precincts and this new contactless button solution is just another way of protecting people in our community,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said in a statement.

“Pedestrians no longer need to push the button to activate the green walking signal, they now have a choice and can simply hover their hand over the new sensor and wait to cross safely.”

“This new pedestrian sensor is a fantastic example of how the COVID-19 situation has driven new ideas in technology and innovation to keep people safer, and I look forward to the results of this trial in Burwood.”


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