Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The detection technology, funded by the Welsh Government, will allow pedestrians to activate the signal controlled crossings by moving their hand under a sensor rather than pushing a button.
The council said the technology could be implemented at all its signal-controlled crossings if the pilot is a success.
Andrew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transportation, said: ‘The technology will help reduce the spread of the virus during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we know it can live on surfaces for some time.
'But it also has other important advantages for the future – including that it is more reliable, and also provides a solution for people who experience difficulty with mobility and may find it difficult to reach a button in order to cross the road safely.’
This article first appeared on localgov.co.uk.