The developer of Pokemon Go says it has modified the settings so that people cannot use the app while driving. Fatal accidents have been caused in Japan by drivers who were absorbed in the popular smartphone game.
Niantic said that on Monday it disabled the function for collecting items at “Pokestops” if players are travelling above a certain speed.
The company did not disclose the speed at which the function stops working.
After a driver killed a 9-year-old boy last month in Ichinomiya in central Japan, the city and the police urged Niantic to ensure that drivers cannot play the game and that no virtual monsters appear on public roads.
The developer told NHK that it sincerely accepts the various requests and will try to make sure the game doesn’t cause safety issues.
Source and image: NHK