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South Korea has a small be epidemic that's short for smartphones zombie a word used in local media for pedestrians glued to their phones they say they're often seen bumping into people polls or worse and that's why the government's come up with this small be warning system it's a combination of an app a laser beam and some flickering lights the message says wait a car is coming laid out on the device when the radar sensor and thermal imaging camera detects a vehicle and a pedestrian it'll trigger the flashing lights on the road and the smartphone app sends a warning message to the system was designed by government engineers and costs about thirteen thousand dollars to install per crosswalk there's been headlines in south Korean media about the dangers of these so called small bees and how they might drive up the country's already high road death rate data from south Korea's traffic accident record show that in twenty seventeen more than sixteen hundred pedestrians were killed in auto related accidents making up about forty percent of all traffic fatalities datum for pick up the girls in the flickering lights makes me feel safe as it makes me look around again and I hope that we can have more of these in town the small me warning system is currently installed at only one crosswalk in a suburb near Seoul but its makers say the expected Fishel's will take it nationwide in the future